The celebration from Sunday's big win lasted into the wee hours of the morning, leaving a trail of beer cans, cups and bottles in downtown Lawrence.
It was a pretty good day today for the Big 12 conference: K-State's Michael Beasley and UT's DJ Augustin were selected to this year's AP All-America First Team.
For the first time since 2003, the Kansas Jayhawks are headed to the Final Four.
From official NCAA apparel to shirts that bring a little humor to the game, 6News reporter Lindsey Slater found that Jayhawk fans are looking to suit up in full support of their team.
What do you do when the biggest obstacle standing between your favorite team and a shot at the national championship is your best friend?
The Kansas men share their thoughts on their tricky victory over Davidson.
Parts of Massachusetts Street were a mess following Sunday evening's basketball celebration, but city crews largely had the mess cleaned up by mid-morning today.
Tonight, shortly after the clock struck midnight, the Jayhawk faithful were awake and waiting as the Kansas Jayhawks made their way back to Allen Fieldhouse.
It was like game day all over again. An estimated 6,000 fans waited for several hours to welcome the Kansas University men's basketball team to Allen Field House, following their Elite Eight victory over Davidson.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 59-57 win over Davidson in Sunday's Elite Eight finale, giving KU its first trip back to the Final Four since 2003 and Bill Self his first trip to the NCAA Tournament's final weekend after getting to the doorstep for the fifth time.
If only Kansas University's baseball team could pop out all the lights on the left side of the Hoglund Ballpark scoreboard, take a mulligan and begin its games in the second inning.
Exacting a little revenge against a Big 12 Conference opponent sure is sweet.
Russell Robinson was hot early. Perhaps more important, he made sure his defensive responsibility, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, was not.
All of the Jayhawks were happy after this one, from Russell Robinson, who didn't score, to Chalmers and Sasha Kaun, who led the way with 13 points apiece on a day points were tough to come by. Everybody seemed most happy for coach Self, who will finally get to experience a Final Four when the Jayhawks meet Roy Williams' North Carolina Tar Heels in the second of two games next Saturday in San Antonio.
The road to the Final Four took a detour to Tomsk, Russia, where a boy left home at the age of 16 to pursue a basketball dream.
From now on, picking all four No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four in your NCAA bracket isn't foolishness. San Antonio is playing host to history, as all the top seeds - North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas - advanced to the semifinals for the first time.
Sasha Kaun tossed and turned all night. "I couldn't fall asleep. I was so excited for the game I couldn't calm myself down to go to bed. I finally fell asleep at 3 a.m.," Kaun, Kansas University's senior from Tomsk, Russia, said of Saturday night slumber time leading up to Sunday's Elite Eight game against Davidson.
One of college basketball's most lethal shooters didn't get the last chance to kill Kansas University. Davidson College phenom Stephen Curry had to defer the final shot to teammate Jason Richards.
The dream matchup everybody has been talking about for five years is finally on the schedule. Kansas versus Roy Williams.
Candace Parker sensed her team was in distress and rushed in for a Rocky Top rescue.
Danielle Gant was dehydrated and out of the game, and Texas A&M coach Gary Blair was sick about it. The rest of the Aggies made them feel better by advancing to their first regional final.
In a game where little was clicking offensively for Rutgers, Essence Carson carried the Scarlet Knights to another rematch with Connecticut - though this time with a Final Four berth at stake.
The Texas Longhorns' 85-67 loss to Memphis proved once again that it doesn't matter where you play, but who, and how well you play against them.
Sophomore Emily Powers led the Kansas University women's golf team to an 11th-place finish at the Mountain View Collegiate on Sunday.
Kansas University's soccer team split a pair of exhibition matches at the Nebraska Soccer Field Sunday.
John Wooden gave us the basics of modern-day coaching. Dean Smith refined 'em. James Naismith, well, he simply invented basketball. Now the schools these greats once coached - UCLA, North Carolina and Kansas - are in the Final Four, a once-in-a-generation convergence of three of college basketball's most storied programs on the sport's biggest stage.
It's one of the toughest tickets in sports. So if you've got a ducat for this year's Final Four, hold on for dear life.
Perhaps the historic nature of the event, the first Final Four to include the top seeds from all four regions, will take on greater significance when the teams gather in San Antonio.
Ty Lawson got the ball beyond the three-point arc and reset the offense as the shot clock wound down. North Carolina desperately needed a basket to hold off Louisville's second-half push and keep itself on course for the Final Four.
The Candice Wiggins bio is filled with almost every accolade available to a college basketball star - player-of-the-year this and all-everything that. There's only one glaring omission: a trip to the Final Four.
Call it Mass. chaos. Massachusetts Street turned into a tangle of triumph after Kansas University's Elite Eight victory over Davidson, sending the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.
Maya Moore slipped into the post and stuck back a teammate's miss. She pulled up and knocked down mid-range jumpers. She drifted outside and buried three-pointers.
Kansas University coach Bill Self is a big fan of basketball history. He was determined the Jayhawks not end up on the wrong end of it.
Kansas University's basketball players towered over their Nevada-Las Vegas counterparts.
After knocking off Oklahoma on Friday, today the Kansas tennis team returned against Oklahoma State.
This afternoon Kansas and Texas A&M were back at Hoglund Ballpark for the final installment of this week's series.
The Kansas Jayhawks are headed to their 13th Final Four, although this one was in doubt until the very last minute.
Jayhawk Nation was out in force tonight, and those who traveled to Detroit are thrilled about making the trip to college basketball's biggest state.
The nets are gone, and the goal's just about out of here in Detroit. That's because Kansas is moving on to San Antonio and the Final Four.
Moments after today's big win, fans poured out into the street to celebrate.
Kansas University associate athletic director Jim Marchiony confirmed that Allen Fieldhouse will open for fans to welcome the victorious Jayhawks when they return from Detroit. Assistant athletics director of operations and events Bill Dickerson said the field house will open between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Police have blocked off Massachusetts Street between 9th and 11th streets to accommodate a makeshift street party in celebration of Kansas University's Elite Eight victory.
DETROIT, Mich. - Let the week of hype begin. Thanks to a 59-57 Kansas University victory over Davidson Sunday in Detroit which was sweated out until the closing moments, the matchup everyone has been waiting for is set. Bill Self and Kansas will take on Roy Williams and North Carolina next Saturday in San Antonio, as Sunday's victory propelled the Jayhawks to their first Final Four appearance since 2003. It also sets a Final Four field consisting of four No. 1 seeds for the first time since the field expanded to 64 teams 19 years ago. Davidson sophomore Stephen Curry got his points, but on a rough shooting night overall, he still finished with 25 points. Jason Richards, who scored seven points for Davidson, had a shot at the game-winning three at the buzzer, but missed.
North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell couldn't bring herself to belabor her team's 25 turnovers, double-digit rebounding deficit or bumbling first half.
TCU hired Jim Christian away from Kent State on Saturday, hoping his penchant for 20-win seasons with the Golden Flashes translates to the moribund Horned Frogs.
Shhhh! Crystal Langhorne would like everyone to ignore Maryland's convincing performance Saturday night.
Once she had simmered down, LSU point guard Erica White sat in front of her locker and said she was embarrassed by the in-game shouting match she had with Oklahoma State star Andrea Riley.
South and Midwest regionals
Two forgettable years at Arizona followed by two undistinguished seasons at Kansas hardly have been foreshadowing for Betsy Wilson's final college softball season.
Bill Self doesn't know how he'll react if Kansas University's basketball team tops Davidson College today and advances to the Final Four.
Here's the skinny on Davidson College: It's located about 20 minutes north of Charlotte, N.C., in the town of Davidson. The town has a population of about 9,000, and the campus has an enrollment of 1,700 students. The college is known for its strong academics.
The one thing Ritch Price hasn't had to worry about all season has been the performance of his bullpen. So it baffled the Kansas University baseball coach when the bullpen turned out to be the Achilles heel in KU's 9-6 defeat in 10 innings Saturday against Texas A&M.
After reaching the Final Four for the third straight time, UCLA coach Ben Howland called these Bruins "by far the best" of the three.
At the risk of seeming like an absolute moron (because, hey, when has that ever stopped me?), let me say that I still think Villanova is a pretty good basketball team. You would never have guessed it Friday night, but the Wildcats beat Clemson, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and West Virginia this season.
Understandable suspicion greeted Brandon Rush in his first days as a student-athlete at Kansas University.
Stop it. Stop talking about the secret to containing Davidson College basketball phenom Stephen Curry. Stop thinking that it's just a nice little hot stretch in this NCAA Tournament that can be extinguished with good athleticism and good focus on defense.
Kevin Love was telling a story. UCLA had just beaten the Xavier Musketeers, 76-57, to reach the Final Four, and Love was in the Bruins' locker room, a West Regional championship cap on his head, a cord of net over his ear and a silly grin on his face.
Tyler Hansbrough always found a way for North Carolina, whether it was carrying the Tar Heels when they lost their point guard or making a shot despite every defender knowing the ball would end up in his hands.
The bus carrying the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to dinner earlier this week passed by the hotel where they stayed during last year's NCAA Tournament. For guard Matee Ajavon, that was enough to revive those feel-good memories of their improbable run through the Greensboro Regional.
No matter the circumstances or the position, Danielle Gant has delivered the perfect fit for Texas A&M.
Sophomore Sherron Collins, who has tonsillitis, said he's feeling fine and will play in today's game.
D.J. Augustin calls Houston home - sort of. It's his home now, but it's not where he grew up and built his childhood memories.
Texas freshman power forward Alexis Wangmene came to the United States four years ago from Cameroon not knowing a word of English. But he seems to have caught on to life in America.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 72-57 win over Villanova Friday night in Detroit, advancing KU to its second straight Elite Eight and the third Regional Final in Bill Self's five years as the KU head coach.
Friday was one of the longest days of Russell Robinson's life. Also one of the sweetest.
All those hours on the exercise bike, all those yummy desserts he skipped - it all finally paid off for Texas center Dexter Pittman.
During a timeout midway through the second half, Davidson College's band broke into Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" as its adoring fan base sang along. "So good! So good! So good!" they screamed. Sure is.
Another opponent picked off. Now, it's time to take aim at Cinderella. Kansas University's basketball team beat 12th-seeded Villanova, 72-57, at Ford Field on Friday, overwhelming the Wildcats out of the gate and cruising into the Elite Eight with an easy victory in the NCAA Tournament's third round.
Sherron Collins' left knee felt fine Friday night. The rest of his body did not.
Lots of hugs. Lots of silence. And very little that Villanova could've done to prevent it.
When North Carolina coach Roy Williams thinks back to what he did to Louisville center David Padgett, he feels "dirty."
This weekend's Kansas-Texas Tech softball series has been altered because of the forecast of scattered showers Sunday.
Dick Vitale, Billy Packer and college basketball's other TV publicists, er, analysts are probably on bended knee right now praying to their carved wooden idol of Mike Krzyzewski, pleading with him to forgive me for what I am about to write:
Roy Williams was upset that Rick Pitino was still using a full-court press in a blowout. Pitino then got angry at Williams for adding to the lead.
Ritch Price got the first part of his game plan to work Friday against Texas A&M: Get guys on base to put pressure on a freshman starter.
To call Davidson the best story in college basketball does not go far enough. Since this is March, Davidson is the best story in U.S. sports. The best story just got better.
Lauren Hommell tried not to display it outwardly, but she sensed what was going on.
Andrea Riley, the Big 12's top scorer and undisputed leader of Oklahoma State, is no less timid at a microphone than she is shooting the ball with the game on the line.
Breaking down the upcoming Elite Eight games that take place today.
Memphis made mincemeat out of yet another team that was supposed to end its stay in the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Bill Self has said it practically since he arrived at Kansas University in 2003. Now, it almost gets the 'yada, yada, yada' treatment. "I've said all along he's the best shooter and all that," Self said of fifth-year senior Jeremy Case.
All that stands in the way of Kansas University making its first Final Four appearance since 2003 is Davidson College's Stephen Curry, a baby-faced assassin who looks like a pre-teen and plays like the 17-year NBA veteran his father Dell Curry was.
Following a rare week away from the courts, this afternoon, the Kansas tennis team began it's swing with the Oklahoma schools - starting with the Sooners.
After a sound win Wednesday night over Benedictine, the Kansas baseball team played host today to it's first Big 12 series - against number 20 Texas A&M.
D.J. Whetter caught up with a few fans gathering outside Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan to watch KU play against Villanova in the Sweet 16.
As the Jayhawks battle it out on the court against Villanova, 6News decided it would be interesting to take a look at the mascots involved.
DETROIT, Mich. - While the Regional's other favorite - Wisconsin - struggled, struggled and finally met its doom, Kansas University's Friday evening at Detroit's Ford Field couldn't have been any more the opposite. It was over before it started almost, as Villanova was unable to dictate the tempo like it wanted to early and was run off the stage practically before halftime, as KU advanced to the Elite Eight for the second straight year with a 72-57 win over Villanova. It's KU's third trip to the Final Four's doorstep in five seasons under Bill Self. The Jayhawks will meet 10th-seeded Davidson, who knocked off No. 3 Wisconsin in the night's first game, 73-56, behind 33 points from sophomore sensation Stephen Curry. Tip-time for that game will be 4:05 p.m. (CDT).
University of Oklahoma men's basketball coach Jeff Capel appears to have reached agreement with the school on a raise and a contract extension.
Of all the comparisons between the NCAA Tournament runs KU made in 1988 and now in 2008, one of the major differences is also maybe the most visible. It's the tattoos.
Roy Williams has never stopped pushing his North Carolina team to play better defense, not even as it piled up lopsided wins and crowd-pleasing offensive displays that few teams can match. The Tar Heels gave their Hall of Fame coach what he's been asking for in the East Regional semifinal against Washington State - and it has them a game away from the Final Four again.
Tennessee's Wayne Chism tried to pick up the loose ball, only to be quickly outnumbered. Louisville's Earl Clark and Preston Knowles both dove to the floor, and the ball deflected off Chism out of bounds. It was what Rick Pitino loves: down and dirty defense, floor burns and hustle, and it's left the Cardinals' coach a victory away from a sixth trip to the Final Four.
Nothing comes easily for UCLA these days. With Kevin Love scoring a career-high 29 points, the Bruins nearly frittered away a 21-point halftime lead and hung on to defeat Western Kentucky 88-78 in the NCAA West Regional on Thursday night.
Snow was falling Thursday night outside the Breslin Center, but layups weren't falling inside for the Kansas University women's basketball team.
Antonio Pena is pretty close to Canada now. Just across the Detroit River south of downtown, the Ontario city of Windsor thrives.
As a reward for being the top-seeded team in the Midwest Regional's Sweet 16, Kansas University's basketball players have been awarded the Detroit Lions' locker room.
If Bill Self doesn't win a national title in his fifth year on the job here, as Larry Brown did in 1988, don't consider him an underachiever. Lots of college basketball's greatest coaches have had much longer waits, including three illustrious tutors with Kansas roots.
Bill Self walked over by Kansas University's bench at the beginning of Thursday's open practice at Ford Field. One look at the unorthodox setup, and KU's head basketball coach was taken aback.
In the battle between a bird and a wildcat, the best money goes on the bird. At least, that's what Marty Birrell, director of the Prairie Park Nature Center, says.
Sherron Collins looked like a guy who'd just hit a game-winning shot with no time left on the clock. He was flashing what his uncle, Walt, calls a "movie star smile" Thursday in the Detroit Lions' Ford Field locker room, beaming with pride not over his accomplishments, but those of a close loved one.
It would be difficult to find two situations much more different from Russell Robinson as a freshman at Kansas University and Russell Robinson as a senior.
Bob Huggins never will be the good guy. There is too much baggage in his past. Too many black marks. Too many stories saying he's a renegade coach who runs a renegade program, and college basketball doesn't need his kind.
Heath Benedict, a two-time Little All-American offensive lineman from Newberry College in South Carolina, was found dead on a couch in his home.
Maybe it's the Memorial Stadium magic behind such a record-setting season. Whatever it may be, the Kansas University women's track and field program has staked its claim within the collegiate sports community this year.
South and Midwest regional
Texas got what it paid for when it hired coach Gail Goestenkors: a return to the NCAA Tournament and new life injected into a stagnant program.
Oklahoma State guard Taylor Hardeman has tried to forget about her freshman season. Shaunte Smith isn't much for recalling specifics from that time, either.
It's a free-for-all at Davidson College. Thanks to the deep pockets of the school's Board of Trustees, nearly 300 students will travel to Detroit to watch their beloved men's basketball team continue its surprising run in the NCAA Tournament tonight.
If A.J. Abrams were an old-time gunfighter, he'd probably be known as the fastest draw in the West. Seeing as he's really a guard playing for Texas in the NCAA Tournament, how about fastest in the South regional?
In a span of 48 critical seconds late in overtime, B.J. Raymond made more 3-pointers than the entire West Virginia team did all night. He went from "non-factor" to nonplussed, calmly knocking down two long-range jumpers that lifted Xavier past coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers 79-75 Thursday night in the West Region semifinals.
Ordinarily KU plays in front of 16,000 fans. Tomorrow night that will not be the case at Ford Field as the Hawks battle the Wildcats in front of 60,000 spectators. Kevin Romary joins us from Detroit with the details.
The Motor City has not been the friendliest of locations when it comes to Kansas basketball. DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary have more from Motown.
Setting up a football stadium to host a basketball game is no easy chore. 6 Sports Director Kevin Romary shows us just exactly how that transformation all takes place with an interview with Bill Ryan, Executive Director of the Detroit Local Organizing Committee.
In a little more than 24 hours, the Kansas men will take the floor looking to advance past Villanova and earn a spot in their second straight Elite Eight. Kevin Romary is in Detroit with more on Kansas and their unfriendly memories of the Wildcats.
The Kansas women's basketball team lost, 58-54, to Michigan State and have been eliminated from the WNIT.
A lot of people are surprised to still see 12th-seeded Villanova still alive in the tournament. As you would expect, freshman guard Corey Stokes is not one of them. The 6-foot-5 freshman guard from Bayonne, N.J., scored a career-high 20 points in the Wildcats' second round win over Siena last Sunday, but now he and his team prepare for a whole new animal in Kansas University. He took a couple of minutes to give his thoughts Thursday afternoon after the team's practice at Detroit's Ford Field.
Villanova's basketball team has just one player who can match the size of Kansas University's biggest players. Here's the problem: That player, sophomore Casiem Drummond, is staying in Philadelphia this weekend with a cast around his right ankle and a surgically inserted screw keeping the bone together.
Kansas University's football coaches will use spring practices as an important gauge moving forward to the start of the 2008 season. Yet the running-back position, more than any other, has a huge hole in the competition right now.
Betsy Wilson's Kansas University softball teammates aren't calling her Babe Ruth. At least, not yet.
Not often does Krysten Boogaard have to look up at an opposing basketball player. She will tonight.
The Kansas University baseball squad faced two opponents Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark and was able to follow the same formula in each: Productive offense and solid pitching equals convincing victories.
Game time has been announced for Kansas University's football spring game.
There's no way Kansas University's top-seeded basketball team will overlook No. 12 Villanova in an NCAA Midwest Regional Sweet 16 contest on Friday night at Ford Field.
The crystal ball has no answers when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. It's no different from the rest of us. We're all guessing. After all, who knows more about college basketball than recently retired coach Bob Knight? He picked Pittsburgh to win it all, and the Panthers didn't make it out of the first weekend.
Missouri State has hired Purdue associate coach Cuonzo Martin as its men's basketball coach on Wednesday.
Kansas University's basketball players and coaches received a hero's welcome upon arriving at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn hotel just after 8 p.m. local time Wednesday.
Julius Erving gave Brooklyn Pope a pep talk after the Rutgers recruit had a miserable performance in a three-point shooting contest earlier in the week.
Tyreke Evans relishes the spotlight as the nation's top uncommitted recruit even if he hinted he's already made up his mind. Still, he did plenty to elevate his profile among the four teams considered still in the running - Memphis, Connecticut, Villanova and Texas.
East and West Regional
It was a windy one today at Hoglund Ballpark. This afternoon, Kansas played host to Chicago State and Benedictine.
Hard to believe, but the 2008 football season is right around the corner.
The Kansas women made quick work Monday night of Evansville in the second round of the WNIT.
After being able to spend a few warm nights in their own bed, this afternoon the Kansas men began their Sweet 16 journey to Detroit.
This afternoon the Kansas men's basketball team took their first step toward winning a spot in the Elite Eight. Kevin Romary has more on the Jayhawks' arrival in Detroit.
This afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse a handful of the Hawk faithful turned out to wish the team well in Friday's Sweet 16 matchup against Villanova.
The Kansas softball team hosted a double header as well today against Missouri State.
A 1951 Kansas University graduate was among the basketball fans who lined up Wednesday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse to wish the team well during its Sweet 16 game Friday in Detroit.
On its 12th try, Louisville finally made it out of the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Angel McCoughtry scored 24 and the Cardinals (26-9) beat Kansas State, 80-63, Tuesday to advance to the regional semifinals.
The Final Four is a week and a half away, and the Big 12 Conference still has two chances to send a team to college-basketball utopia.
Kansas University's baseball team has added a game to today's schedule.
Kansas University's baseball team tallied a 6-4 victory over Chicago State on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark. But they also got one upset coach in Ritch Price.
Scottie Reynolds never envisioned himself anywhere else but the University of Oklahoma.
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright figures a pair of Kansas University guards will have extra incentive in Friday's Sweet 16 contest at Detroit's Ford Field.
Kansas plays its next basketball game in Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, and as many as 70,000 could be in attendance.
Television ratings for the men's NCAA Tournament on CBS declined 9 percent from last year.
Michael Beasley is still grappling with a decision, but his coach expects the Kansas State star freshman to head into the NBA Draft.
Former Kansas University basketball coach Rex Walters is in line to become the next head basketball coach at Mercer, the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph reports.
Texas point guard D.J. Augustin is like an artist with the basketball, gracefully competing in a rapidly moving sport with 100 percent control of his maneuvers.
The Kansas baseball team plays three midweek non-conference games at home before welcoming Texas A&M for a Big 12 battle this weekend.
It's on to round three of the women's NIT for the Kansas Jayhawks.
Kansas head coach Bill Self is no stranger to the second weekend of the NCAA tourney.
The Motor City is calling on the Kansas men's basketball team. Tomorrow the top seed in the Midwest Regional boards a plane for Detroit.
By the time the Kansas men's basketball team takes the court on Friday night in Detroit, the NCAA tournament will be down to roughly 10 teams.
See you in Michigan, boys. Kansas University's women's basketball team has earned a trip to the Wolverine State, too.
If 1+1=2 and 2X3=6, then Kansas will win the NCAA championship this year. No joke.
I know many of you are still resentful about Roy Williams' decision to leave Kansas University men's basketball for his beloved Carolina in the pines and his perceived destiny along Tobacco Road. But that was nearly five years ago.
KU senior Rodrick Stewart, who missed Saturday's game against UNLV game because of tonsillitis, attended practice Monday, but did not take part in drills.
Andrea Riley sank a free throw with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to give Oklahoma State a 73-72 victory over a gritty Florida State team Monday night in the second round of the New Orleans Regional.
On the eve of the NCAA Tournament, Tim Floyd surveyed the college basketball landscape and commented: "If we're going to look back on this year, we're going to say it was the year of the freshmen."
Tickets still remain for the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional at Ford Field in Detroit, a venue that will play host to three games this weekend.
One time, just one time, Jay Wright asked Scottie Reynolds, his star player, to stop being unselfish for a minute.
Former Kansas University pitcher Mike Zagurski will open the baseball season on the Philadelphia Phillies' 15-day disabled list.
Kansas University's basketball players who answered 7 to 7:15 a.m. wake-up calls on Game Day last Thursday in Omaha, Neb., will be allowed to sleep much later Friday in Detroit.
Good seats are still available for Friday night's KU basketball game in Detroit, to be part of what could be the largest crowd ever for an NCAA Tournament game. So says Alan Mulally, who knows a thing or two about the venue.
The Kansas women's basketball team hits the hardwood tonight for the second round of the WNIT.
Villanova sophomore Scottie Reynold and head coach Jay Wright talk about their upcoming battle with the Jayhawks.
For the second straight year, the Kansas men's basketball team is still alive for the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.
The Kansas University women's basketball team extended its season at least three more days with an 82-60 win over Evansville Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse to open the WNIT. The Jayhawks are now 2-0 in WNIT openers, having done the same two years ago at home.
Erik Morrison's two-out, two-strike single in the top of the eighth brought in Ryne Price with the game-winning run, and Kansas University's baseball team rallied from an early five-run hole to knock off Northwestern, 12-11, on Sunday.
Like hordes of hoop fanatics across the country, Bill Self spent part of his Easter Sunday watching riveting NCAA Tournament action. Must-see TV for Kansas University's fifth-year basketball coach was an 11:10 a.m., second-round game between 12th-seeded Villanova and No. 13 Siena.
Texas made an emphatic statement in its first game back in the NCAA Tournament since 2005.
On paper, Kansas University has a below-average women's basketball team. The Jayhawks finished in a tie for 11th place in Big 12 Conference standings and have dropped six of their last seven games. Then again, KU's overall record is 16-15.
All the top seeds made it through. So did a couple of the country's top freshmen. Stanford's coach will be back on the sidelines. Duke will watch the rest of the tournament from the couch.
Villanova coach Jay Wright has been in this situation before, and he will face it again when the Wildcats take on Kansas University in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas University freshman Nate Barbee shot a final-round 69 to finish 7-under-par and tie for fifth Sunday at the Ron Moore Invitational.
For a while on Easter Sunday, Texas couldn't miss from beyond the three-point line.
Stephen Curry looked tired. His soft, feathery shot was clanging off the rim. The slender, baby-faced sophomore seemed to be just another in a long line of stars bottled up by Georgetown's ferocious defense.
North Carolina made everything look easy in its first two NCAA tournament games, from running out to big early leads to cracking the 100-point mark with plenty of time left on the clock. The only people who don't sound all that impressed are, well, those same Tar Heels.
Louisville got so revved up, Rick Pitino settled down. No need for the Cardinals coach to shout, stomp his foot or stalk the sideline. He simply watched and enjoyed the show Sunday while his team played to near-perfection, romping past Oklahoma 78-48 in the second round of the East Regional.
Everyone knows Memphis can crank up the tempo and play a fast-paced game. But if someone wants to get down and dirty? Well, the Tigers can slog it out with the best of 'em, too.
Western Kentucky blew another big lead, then responded with another clutch performance. Behind Courtney Lee's dazzling array of shots early and his free throws late, the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years with a 72-63 victory over No. 13 San Diego on Sunday.
Stephen Curry looked tired. His soft, feathery shot was clanging off the rim. The slender, baby-faced sophomore seemed to be just another in a long line of stars bottled up by Georgetown's ferocious defense. Davidson's run was certainly over. A good season was coming to a fitting end against one of college basketball's elite programs. Then, as quick as Curry can get off a turnaround 3-pointer, the Wildcats staged a comeback.
The Tennessee Volunteers scrapped, pounded and grabbed. They also survived. No coincidence in that. The second-seeded Vols mostly ditched the glamorous 3-pointer and got physical in Sunday's second-round, moving on with a 76-71 overtime victory over Butler.
The Kansas Jayhawks move on to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. DJ Whetter has more on the Jayhawks' win over UNLV in Omaha.
After 75 minutes of smooth shooting, poised ball-handling and a quiet crowd of Longhorn-haters in Arkansas, Texas nearly let its entire season slip away.
The hardest part for Villanova was getting into the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have always known they have what it takes to stick around for a while. Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Stokes added 20 Sunday, helping the 12th-seeded Wildcats reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years with an 84-72 victory over tiny Siena.
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' grind-it-out second round win over UNLV, in which KU held the Rebels to 12-of-45 shooting in a foul-ridden game. Offensively, KU was pulled along late by Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins, lifting KU to its second straight Sweet 16 appearance.
Pinned against a Qwest Center wall with two dozen print, TV, radio and Internet reporters in his face, Bill Self did not feel like a man facing a firing squad.
It's time for Motown. Kansas University's men's basketball team secured its slot in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, outlasting Nevada-Las Vegas, 75-56, in the NCAA Tournament's second round.
Russell Robinson whispered in the ear of his backcourt buddy, Sherron Collins, as Kansas University's dynamic duo headed to the podium Saturday in a chilly Qwest Center interview room. "I was telling Sherron, 'I needed this game,''' Robinson said after breaking out of a personal scoring slump, and, along with Collins, pretty much saving the day in No. 1-seeded KU's 75-56 second-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over No. 8-seed UNLV.
Danielle McCray feels like it's mid-October all over again. "It seems like we're getting ready for a whole new season," McCray said. "It's like we're starting from scratch."
Mario Little was not about to finish his career at Chipola (Fla.) College with a mediocre performance in the seventh-place game of the NJCAA Men's Division I National Championship on Saturday.
After losing a 3-2 decision on a walk-off single in Friday's conference opener against 11th-ranked Oklahoma, the Kansas University softball team fell, 8-0 in six innings on Saturday.
MaChelle Joseph and Jacqua Williams saw a clean steal. The official saw a foul.
If freshmen are the story of college basketball this season, then it's a short story. Indiana's Eric Gordon, Memphis' Derrick Rose, USC's O.J. Mayo, Kansas State's Michael Beasley and UCLA's Kevin Love arguably were among the 10 most popular players in the nation.
One week from today, in the event Kansas fifth-year basketball coach Bill Self takes scissors to nylon in Detroit and moves onto his first Final Four, much will be made of him breaking into the ranks of elite coaches for finally getting past the Elite Eight.
Kansas University senior Rodrick Stewart, who had complained of a sore throat Friday, was unable to attend Saturday's KU-UNLV game. Saddled with a tonsillitis, Stewart watched the game at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Strategies for filling out an NCAA basketball bracket are about as diverse as the teams playing in the tournament and the fans who love them. Random picks, height, coaches, Big 12 loyalties and luck make for a March Madness blend that frustrates, excites and unites fans across the country.
The officials may have been out of breath. Whistling 46 fouls in 40 minutes of basketball is a good workout of the lungs. In the end, it helped - and hurt - Nevada-Las Vegas in a 75-56 loss to Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament's second round.
The cozy feeling Villanova has heading into its second-round NCAA Tournament game against tiny Siena has nothing to do with overconfidence.
Kansas junior Danielle Herrmann improved her KU all-time 100-yard breaststroke mark in NCAA Swimming and Diving action Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State University campus.
Freshmen Brad Hopfinger and Nate Barbee fired a pair of 68s to lead the Kansas University men's golf team during the second round of the Ron Moore Invitational.
Due to rain in the Bradenton, Fla. area, the Jayhawks canceled their doubleheader with Northwestern on Saturday.
Michigan State's brand of basketball is about more than simply beating people up. When the game was on the line, Drew Neitzel and Kalin Lucas were Exhibits 1 and 1A.
Stanford coach Trent Johnson missed an amazing ending. In an emotional response to Johnson's first-half ejection, the Cardinal rallied for an 82-81 overtime victory over Marquette in the NCAA's South Regional on Saturday, advancing to the round of 16 for the first time since 2001.
If Purdue could have picked one or two players from Xavier to focus upon, then surely the Boilermakers would have had an easier time fulfilling their reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the Big Ten.
There's no quit in the UCLA Bruins. Good thing, since they keep finding trouble and inventing ways to escape. Darren Collison scored the go-ahead basket on a one-handed layin with 9Â½ seconds remaining, Josh Shipp blocked Donald Sloan's final drive and the West Region's No. 1 seed held on for a 53-49 victory over Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.
Nobody shuts down Notre Dame big man Luke Harangody, the Big East's Player of the Year. Washington State settled for slowing down the high-flying Fighting Irish.
Even after Wisconsin advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament on Saturday, Michael Beasley still was the hot topic of conversation. That was OK with the Badgers, who made Beasley all but disappear in the second half of their 72-55 victory over Kansas State.
Back at his alma mater, back in the NCAAs, Bob Huggins looked and sounded just like the Bob Huggins everyone remembers. He yelled. He groused. He drew an early technical foul. And he willed his No. 7-seeded West Virginia past second-seeded Duke.
Off to Detroit it is for the Kansas University men's basketball team, which showed up and simply took care of business against an overmatched, undersized UNLV team Saturday in Omaha, claiming a 75-56 victory. The win lands the Jayhawks in their second straight Sweet 16, and it's the third trip to the NCAA Tournament's second weekend for KU in Bill Self's five years as head coach.
Senior Ryne Price hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the top of the seventh to become KU's career home-run record holder, and T.J. Walz pitched seven strong innings as the Jayhawks knocked off Maryland-Baltimore County, 4-1, in college baseball Friday evening at Robert C. Wynn Field.
When the Jayhawks take the floor about 6 tonight, it'll be the first time in nearly a decade that Kansas University has taken on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Runnin' Rebels.
By the time Kansas University red-shirt Brady Morningstar exhausts his eligibility as a college basketball player, he will be 25 years old, a mere pup compared to one of the players Kansas faces in today's NCAA Tournament second-round game against UNLV.
John Ross is a man of his word, even if it means hurting his Jayhawk pride.
Kansas University's basketball players sat in the Qwest Center stands and watched in amazement as UNLV held Kent State to 10 points in the first half of Thursday's first-round NCAA Midwest Regional rout of the Golden Flashes.
Most of UNLV's coaching staff - including head coach Lon Kruger - is comprised of native Kansans.
Brandon Rush, who traveled the country extensively while playing AAU basketball in high school, figures he has been to Las Vegas six or seven times.
He started as Winky Adams, before deciding he was too old for such a child-like moniker.
A sensational play by Sherron Collins last Sunday could have been the virus to sustain, even heighten, a fever that will drive Kansas University to the NCAA basketball championship.
John Wooden went home from a rehabilitation center Friday, having regained his strength after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall at home.
It took three games for Chipola (Fla.) College coach Greg Heiar to get "the real Chipola team" to show up for the NJCAA Men's National Basketball Championship.
Kansas University freshman Brad Hopfinger recorded his fifth under-par round of the year, firing an opening-round 71 at the Ron Moore Invitational on Friday in Goodyear, Ariz.
With bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Oklahoma's Susan Ogden hit an RBI single off the left-center-field wall to lift the 11th ranked Sooners over Kansas University, 3-2, in the Big 12 Conference softball opener for both teams.
San Diego's Rob Jones didn't even bother leaving his feet when the ball was tossed up to start the game. The 6-foot-6 forward knew he didn't have a chance against Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet.
Stephen Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half and hit the tie-breaking three-pointer with just over a minute left, leading 10th-seeded Davidson to an 82-76 win over Gonzaga on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional.
One team is the youngest in the tournament and has a first-year head coach. The other has a veteran coach, who invented the offense his team uses, and a tall, veteran team.
Villanova coach Jay Wright figures someone has to come up with a name for what happened Friday in Tampa. He even offered one up: "It's got to be Tampa Turmoil or something," he said. Sounds good, Coach.
Arkansas' Darian Townes marveled at the big numbers his teammate racked up. Walking off the podium in jubilant disbelief, he turned first to swingman Sonny Weems and then to coach John Pelphrey. "You only missed two shots," Townes told Weems before repeating that message to his coach.
The last thing Memphis wanted was a first-round pushover. Good thing.
A scramble, a steal and suddenly Louisville had a three-on-none break that Derrick Caracter finished off with a vicious dunk. Coach Rick Pitino and his team turned this into a one-sided affair from the start, overwhelming Boise State 79-61 Friday night in the first round of the East Regional.
Barry Stewart was wide open in front of the Mississippi State bench, so coach Rick Stansbury discretely pointed to him. Jamont Gordon made the pass, Stewart made the shot and finally the Bulldogs were in control. And, someone besides Charles Rhodes was contributing to the offense.
Privately, some Siena players wondered in recent days if their counterparts on the Vanderbilt roster knew any of their names. If the Commodores didn't, they surely do now.
Marcus Ginyard grabbed the loose ball near midcourt and sprinted in for an uncontested dunk. Instead, North Carolina's normally steady junior bricked the ball into the front of the rim, landed on his tail and heard the laughter coming from his bench. Ginyard could only smile as he scrambled to his feet. "There's really nothing else for me to do at this point but to laugh about it," he said.
John Ross is a man of his word, even if it means hurting his KU pride.
Back in 1975, Lon Kruger graduated from Kansas State. Eleven years later, he returned to his alma mater to take over the head men's basketball coaching position.
Coming up tomorrow, it's #1-seeded Kansas versus #8-seeded UNLV. Sounds easy, right? Well, remember 1998?
UNLV coach Lon Kruger talks to the media about facing Kansas tomorrow.
DJ Whetter goes inside the wardrobe room in the Qwest Center to see what happens behind the scene with the Jayhawk uniforms.
Five games in nine days: it's something that both Kansas and UNLV will have to deal with in the second round tomorrow in Omaha.
No game today for the Kansas Jayhawks, only practice, but lots of other games going on across the nation.
KU's basketball team has a date with the University of Nevada Las Vegas tomorrow. 6News reporter Jonathan Kealing hit the streets of downtown Lawrence to find out what Jayhawk fans know about the upcoming opposition.
David Godbold knows there's not much fun in making a quick trip to the NCAA tournament. The senior guard helped make sure Oklahoma stuck around awhile.
San Diego's Rob Jones didn't even bother leaving his feet when the ball was tossed up to start the game. The 6-foot-6 forward knew he didn't have a chance against Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet.
On a day when A.J. Abrams was scoring every which way, his little floater in the lane hardly seemed like anything special. Except it gave him 15 points. And Austin Peay had 14.
Roy Hibbert kept tipping a rebound off the rim and back to himself. None of Maryland-Baltimore County's undersized players could grab it from Georgetown's giant. Not long after that, the Hoyas put the game well out of the Retrievers' reach, too.
Maybe it's time to start noticing Butler. Discounted by the selection committee, the Bulldogs opened the NCAA tournament with yet another win, beating South Alabama 81-61 Friday in the first round of the East Regional.
It was the shot of his life, the shot of the tournament and maybe even one for the ages. "It kind of worked out good," Ty Rogers said, in the understatement of the day.
Jack McClinton is now a star in the state of Arkansas - and not because his last name sounds sort of familiar around these parts. Instead, McClinton dazzled the locals with his quick drives to the basket and long 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 38 points in seventh-seeded Miami's 78-64 win over 10th-seeded Saint Mary's on Friday.
Davidson fans used to have to go back 40 years to the Lefty Driesell era to tell stories of NCAA tournament success. Now they've got to look no further than their baby-faced sophomore star.
JaJuan Smith and Tennessee felt slighted, and it showed in their shoes. Believing the Volunteers deserved better, Smith wrote "No. 1 seed" on his orange-and-white sneakers. Facing a team making its NCAA tournament debut, it was hardly a walkover.
Tying up loose ends from KU's first round win over Portland State, in which the Jayhawks opened up offensively right where they left off Sunday against Texas, allowing themselves to cruise a bit in the second round towards Saturday's second round matchup with UNLV.
Kansas University's softball team is scheduled to begin Big 12 Conference play against 11th-ranked Oklahoma at 7 tonight.
Iowa edged Kansas University's tennis team, 4-3, on Thursday in KU's final nonconference dual at First Serve.
Kansas University's baseball team had its rally caps working Thursday at the Florida Spring Classic.
Chipola (Fla.) College came a half second from ending its season with the second of back-to-back losses Thursday at the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
There it was, plain as could be on the overhead scoreboard, orange numbering on a black background: As the closing seconds ticked away Thursday night, Belmont was beating Duke.
J.R. Giddens' college basketball career is over.
Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are finalizing plans to move their annual Big 12 football game to Dallas. The first game probably will be in 2009, but the site remains undetermined.
On the one hand, the game tipped off at 11:25 a.m., a time Brandon Rush would prefer to be sleeping. On the other hand, the calendar said late March, the time of year Rush likes best.
Kansas coach Bill Self says he has great respect for the Jayhawks' second-round opponent, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
With such inferior ability, Portland State's basketball players had to focus on one of Kansas University's deadly fists and hope the other one didn't kill them. Admirable. But the Vikings are dead anyway.
It was Kansas University's Russell Robinson who drew the defensive assignment on Big Sky Player of the Year Jeremiah Dominguez on Thursday at Qwest Center.
Kansas University's basketball players filed out of the Qwest Center at halftime of Nevada-Las Vegas' 71-58 victory over Kent State on Thursday. They had seen enough. Everyone had.
One down. And this one was a clinic in superiority. Kansas University's men's basketball team started its quest for a national championship exactly how it was expected to: by dispatching 16th-seeded Portland State, 85-61, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at the Qwest Center.
Where there's a will, there's a way. That should be Kansas University fans' motto. Jayhawk fans brought televisions to work or cranked up radios to keep up with the action Thursday morning during KU's first round NCAA Tournament victory over Portland State.
It took just one knock on Darnell Jackson's Embassy Suites hotel room door to rouse him out of bed. "I wasn't sleepy at all," Jackson, Kansas University's senior forward, said, eager to hit the shower at 7 a.m. Thursday after receiving an in-person wake-up call from KU's hard-working team managers. "I was ready to get up. I think we all were today."
Five-and-a-half minutes into his first NCAA Tournament game, Kansas State red-shirt freshman Bill Walker came to the bench, and his mouth was as on fire as his shooting touch. "They're Pac-10, too pretty," Walker hollered to teammates to fire them up.
Tony Bennett has one of those little inspirational mottos on his desk that reads, "There's nothing less important than the score at halftime." "This was one of those cases," the Washington State coach declared after watching his Cougars turn into the big, bad bully in the second half of their 71-40 victory over Winthrop on Thursday night.
There it was, plain as could be on the overhead scoreboard, orange numbering on a black background: As the closing seconds ticked away Thursday night, Belmont was beating Duke.
Please meet the new Fab Five. You all know Michael Beasley. Now, let's introduce his very capable supporting cast: Bill Walker, Jacob Pullen, Ron Anderson and Dominique Sutton.
The bullies of the Big Ten won, but not before little ol' Cal State Fullerton gave them a scare. Wisconsin couldn't shake the 14th-seeded Titans until deep into the second half Thursday night, before winning 71-56 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Badgers advanced to a Saturday game against Kansas State in the Midwest Regional.
Texas A&M forward Josh Carter has had an up-and-down season. He was up against Brigham Young. Carter scored 26 points, matching his career high, as the Aggies defeated Brigham Young 67-62 in the West Region's first round on Thursday, handing the Cougars their sixth straight opening-round loss.
Getting the ball stuck behind the backboard merely delayed the inevitable for Mississippi Valley State. Freshman Kevin Love scored 20 points and dislodged the trapped ball as top-seeded UCLA cruised to a 70-29 victory against the overmatched Delta Devils in the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.
Looking for the next George Mason? Sad to say, but it won't be George Mason. America's NCAA darling two years ago was just another first-round underdog this time around - overmatched and never really in it Thursday night in a 68-50 loss to Notre Dame in the East Regional.
UNLV guard Wink Adams talks about facing the Kansas Jayhawks in round two of the NCAA Tournament.
KU defeats Portland State in round one of the NCAA Tournament! D.J. Whetter was on the scene and caught up with a few very happy Jayhawk fans following Thursday's win.
Some KU fans saw the first round win in Omaha - others had to watch it right here in Lawrence - even though they may have had other obligations.
It was as if there was a basket hooked up to the garage, and West Virginia's players were taking aim from behind the family car. The Mountaineers used a dazzling display of long-range shooting to beat Arizona 75-65 Thursday night, making the Wildcats' 24th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament another one-and-done performance.
This morning, the Kansas Jayhawks took the floor with Portland State with two things in mind: Win and move on and not become the first number one seed to get upset by a number sixteen.
Coach Bill Self and a few Kansas players talk about Thursday's win over Portland State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In a flash, UNLV knocked Kent State out of the NCAA tournament. The Runnin' Rebels exploited the Golden Flashes' miserable first half, tying a tournament record by holding them to just 10 points the first 20 minutes of a 71-58 victory in the first round Thursday.
Purdue won another first-round game in the NCAA tournament, and had a blast doing so. Instead of resisting Baylor's urge to play an uptempo game, the Boilermakers abandoned their usual plodding pace and ran away to a 90-79 victory Thursday.
Cornell couldn't see the basket through Stanford's tall trees, making the Cardinal's defensive strategy look downright genius in the brain game of the NCAA tournament. With the 7-foot Lopez twins altering shots inside and defenders in the face of Cornell's perimeter shooters, it didn't take an Ivy League degree to figure out the Big Red was in big trouble.
They say you play like you practice, and right now, Pitt is doing both extremely well. Rounding into shape at the perfect time after a season filled with injuries, the Panthers got 23 points from one of their mended players, Levance Fields, in an 82-63 victory over Oral Roberts in the first round of the South Regional on Thursday.
After first-round flameouts in their last two NCAA tournaments, the Marquette Golden Eagles vowed to stick around this time. They're headed to the second round after defeating Kentucky 74-66 in the South Regional opening round on Thursday.
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Derrick Brown and Xavier put an end to the magical run of a Georgia team that by game's end was, well, 'Dawg tired. Brown's 19 points and 11 rebounds led a balanced-as-usual offense, and No. 3-seeded Xavier avoided a big upset by rallying to overcome fading Georgia 73-61 on Thursday in a first-round West Regional game.
No longer a one-man show, Michigan State hopes its deeper bench will lead to a long run in this year's NCAA tournament. Raymar Morgan led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and the Spartans beat Temple 72-61 Thursday in the first round of the South Regional.
Paced by Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush - who brought their offense from the tail end of last weekend's Big 12 Tournament to Omaha with them - KU crushed Portland State 85-61 Thursday morning, advancing to Saturday's second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks will get the winner of the Kent State-UNLV contest, set to take place right after this morning's game, in the Qwest Center Saturday evening at around 6:30 p.m. Brandon Rush led KU with 18 points, scoring 15 of those in the first half on 3-of-6 three-point shooting. Darrell Arthur was consistent on the offensive end from start to finish, scoring 17, while Mario Chalmers added 16.
Tyler Hansbrough has done it all for North Carolina's basketball team, not just this season but pretty much throughout his career.
All it takes to win a national title is to win six consecutive games. That's all. It sounds so easy, yet only one of 341 NCAA Division I basketball schools can call itself a national champion when the final nets are cut down. That's a better measure of the difficulty of the task.
It's always so easy to say this year's team is better than last year's. Nobody ever wants to disagree with that, especially when last year ended just short of the target. It just happens that saying this year's team is better than last year's happens to apply to Kansas University.
Lew Perkins has been there. Kansas University's athletic director certainly sympathizes with the constant struggles that Portland State experiences in athletics - tight budget, woeful fan support, playing second fiddle (or third, or fourth, or 10th) in an area with much bigger fish to fry.
Darrell Arthur lobbed the basketball toward the goal, clutched it after one high bounce, passed it from one hand to another between his legs, then rammed a vicious one-handed dunk, thrilling about 2,000 fans Wednesday afternoon at Qwest Center.
Portland State has two players from Wichita, senior guards Dupree Lucas and Brian Curtis. Neither grew up a Kansas University basketball fan, though both are excited to be playing the Jayhawks at 11:25 a.m. today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
It might not happen today when Kansas University meets Portland State and UCLA tangles with Mississippi Valley State. It might not occur Friday when North Carolina faces Mount St. Mary's and Memphis engages Texas-Arlington.
Lose the National Player of the Year one year, return to the NCAA Tournament the following spring more ready for the postseason? Believe it, because that's the case for Texas.
The University of Memphis men's basketball team was pure magic on March 8, running and gunning and rolling past UAB, 94-56, in its lopsided regular-season finale. After the game at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Indiana Pacers scout George Felton approached Memphis radio broadcaster Matt Dillon.
Four months ago, Louisville coach Rick Pitino held a news conference to discuss the most recent injury to his center, David Padgett. Listening now to the audio from that day, it's difficult not to draw parallels to a eulogy.
Balance did Xavier just fine last year in the NCAA Tournament. Now, experience is what the Musketeers will bank on - along with balance, of course - to make their postseason stay last a bit longer.
Russell Robinson was wrapping up his Senior Night speech on March 3 after Kansas University's 109-51 basketball beatdown of Texas Tech, when he made the crowd's eyes light up. Public speaking is no fun for many. But Robinson said he would be all for doing it again, given the ideal circumstances.
University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl figured the best way to win a national championship this season was to follow the example of a fellow Southeastern Conference team: two-time defending NCAA titlist Florida.
It was one of those moments that sent the television viewer hunting in the couch cushions to find the remote for the purpose of hitting the rewind button to make sure his ears weren't playing tricks. Did Jay Bilas really say that?
For a nice, long stretch, the NCAA Tournament was all about great guard play.
Brigham Young and Texas A&M have enviable football traditions.
Ade Dagunduro scored 15 points to lead Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers used tough defense to pull away from Charlotte, 67-48.
After falling behind 10-2 through six innings, the Kansas University baseball team staged a wild comeback, putting the tying run at the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings before falling to Illinois, 11-9, Wednesday at the Florida Spring Classic at IMG Academy Field.
When Drake was piling up wins and rewriting the school's record books, coach Keno Davis insisted he wasn't concerned with prevailing wisdom.
We all know what a champion looks like because we all have TV. A champion looks like Emeka Okafor swatting down shots like houseflies.
For as long as he can remember, Danny Brown has been filling out NCAA Tournament brackets each March. Now, as a junior guard for the University of San Diego men's basketball team, the 2005 De Soto High graduate will play a part in determining how this year's bracket unfolds.
Highly regarded prep quarterback Terrelle Pryor is headed to Ohio State.
USC coach Tim Floyd was talking about his freshman superstar O.J. Mayo, and the words he used just as easily could have been applied to Kansas State's Michael Beasley, the best player in the nation.
KU fans are out in full force in Omaha as the Jayhawks gear up for Thursday's matchup against Portland State. But sharing the same court with the 'Hawks later in the day? The Kansas State Wildcats!
This week, Jayhawk junior Brandon Rush will grace the cover of the new Sports Illustrated.
Thursday's game against Portland State will be the first NCAA tourney game for KU's Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich.
As Thursday's first round matchup between Kansas and Portland State draws ever closer, there are two Vikings who know the Jayhawks all too well...
Another intriguing matchup in Omaha on Thursday is between number 11 Kansas State and number 6 USC.
Well if you're a betting man, Vegas would tell you not to press your luck tomorrow morning when it comes to selecting Portland State to upset the Jayhawks.
Catching up with Kansas senior guard Russell Robinson, who has seen it all (almost) in his first three NCAA trips, both high and low. Now, in his fourth and final try, he's hoping to take an extra step or two.
Catching up with Portland State senior guard Dupree Lucas, a Wichita native who now gets a chance to play the biggest thing the game of basketball has to offer from his home state in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Mount finally got The Win. Jeremy Goode scored 21 points Tuesday night, and Mount St. Mary's got its first NCAA tournament victory, beating Coppin State 69-60 in an opening-round game with two teams that know a lot about losing.
Missouri linebacker Marquis Booker is off the team after his weekend arrest on a possible weapons violation.
The brackets are out. The wait is over. The field is seeded. The bubbles have burst. The dance is about to begin.
A Central Florida wide receiver died Tuesday after voluntary strength and conditioning drills, the day before spring practice was set to begin.
Baylor's revival begins with a sordid tale, one involving the murder of a player by a former teammate and despicable acts by a former coach.
UCLA's Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute are on the mend from injuries sustained in last weekend's Pac-10 tournament, although coach Ben Howland was vague on whether Mbah a Moute would play in Thursday's NCAA Tournament opener.
Inclement weather conditions canceled second-round action of the Betsy Rawls Invitational at The University of Texas Golf Club Tuesday.
Kansas University's softball team wrapped up a nine-game homestand with back-to-back victories over Bradley on Tuesday at Arrocha Ballpark. The Jayhawks won, 2-0 and 3-2.
It's one day away from the Big Dance and Big 12 Conference teams are sprinkled across all areas of the bracket in anticipation for the most exciting time in college basketball.
So how much sleep did Kansas State coach Frank Martin get after he found out the Wildcats were a No. 11 seed and would face No. 6 USC?
If this season is any indication, there's no possible way of telling how Texas A&M will fare against BYU at 6:25 p.m. Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
Matt Shaw scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to propel Southern Illinois to a 69-53 victory over Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Chipola (Fla.) College came into the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship as the team to beat.
Kansas University coach Bill Self had a nightmare of sorts while snoozing on the team bus.
Kansas University's basketball players and coaches didn't watch tape on Portland State or hold an impromptu team meeting on the Heartland Trailways bus that carried them from Allen Fieldhouse to the Downtown Omaha Embassy Suites hotel Tuesday afternoon.
Portland State's No. 16-seeded basketball players were treated as heroes as they boarded their team bus and headed to the airport Tuesday for their flight to Nebraska, site of Thursday's first-round NCAA Tournament clash against No. 1 seed Kansas.
Productivity slowdown? Things are only picking up at some local businesses these days as employees and customers alike get swept into March Madness.
Junior guard Mario Chalmers' improved athleticism since he arrived at Kansas University inspires a lot of talk when he soars so high, so quickly to block the shot of an opposing center, and when he elevates to throw down a one-handed dunk.
While many business owners don't mind the reduction in work-place productivity due to March Madness, some authorities say you still need to be careful.
The Kansas men's basketball team took the first step in the quest for a championship by making it to Omaha, where they'll face Portland State on Thursday morning.
The Kansas women's basketball team was selected for the NIT Tournament on Monday night.
After having two of their last three outings canceled due to mother nature, the Kansas softball team returned to the diamond this afternoon.
A judge this morning ordered two suspects in the beating death of a Lawrence man to stand trial - on reduced charges.
Legislative leaders Tuesday said Kansas taxpayers will have to pay up to $164 million to help the state lure a federal biosecurity lab.
Free State High sophomore Ashli Hill last week became the second member of the Firebirds' program to commit to a Big 12 university.
With the current Kansas University men's basketball squad preparing for its attempt at a national championship in a few weeks, one future KU player is beginning his quest for a national championship today.
A: If Pac-10 is the A-list of college ball this year, don't tell angst-ridden Arizona State.
Missouri backup linebacker Marquis Booker, 20, was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of unlawfully using a weapon and an underage liquor law violation.
The generations change, but so many of the names stay pretty much the same. Fathers impart their wisdom, athletic genes and instincts to their sons, who go on to play and/or coach on a national stage in March, just as their fathers did.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said initially he was "disappointed" to learn the starting time of Thursday's first-round NCAA Midwest Regional basketball battle against Portland State.
It's now out there: a very good reason Kansas University's football team signed only 20 players last month on signing day.
Former Kentucky and Baylor head coach Guy Morriss was hired as offensive line coach at Kentucky State.
North Carolina was the only school among the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men's tournament to graduate at least 50 percent of its players.
Kansas University's women's basketball team caught a break Monday night. Make that two breaks.
He's been away almost two decades, long enough to raise a few kids and forget what rush-hour traffic is like on the LIE, but Bob McKillop never forgot his local basketball roots, which remain stronger than his New York accent after all these years.
North Carolina, the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, finished No. 1 Monday in the Associated Press' final poll of the season.
Two-time weight throw national champion Egor Agafonov was honored, along with seniors Kate Sultanova and Crystal Manning, juniors Stephanie Horton and Nickesha Anderson and sophomore Jordan Scott as 2008 indoor track and field All-Americans as announced by the USTFCCCA on Sunday night.
The Jayhawks, who won three games in three days over the weekend in Kansas City, took a day off on Monday.
It's tough to analyze the 2008 women's college basketball NCAA tournament bracket for the first time and not do a double take when eyeing the top-seeded team overall - Connecticut - and then immediately scrolling down the Greensboro Regional to get a load of who sits there at No. 2. Rutgers.
The Kansas University women's golf team was in a tie for 14th place Monday after the first day of the Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club.
Portland State's men's basketball players huddled around a TV in their locker room following a 67-51 Big Sky championship victory over Northern Arizona last Wednesday at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Kansas State received a No. 5 seed in the NCAA women's tournament, where the Wildcats will face 12th-seeded Chattanooga in the first round Sunday.
The Kansas University women's basketball team, which finished the 2007-08 regular season and league tournament with an overall record of 16-15 overall (4-12 Big 12), will host a second-round WNIT game next Monday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Let's relive Sunday afternoon at the Sprint Center in Kansas City: 19,000 fans looked on as Kansas and Texas swapped leads 14 times and tied six others. Kevin Romary has more.
The real season begins for Kansas: Thursday morning the Jayhawks begin their quest to the big dance against Big Sky champions Portland State.
The Oklahoma State women's basketball team will add a Lawrence produce in 2010: Free State High sophomore Ashli Hill is verbally committed to the Cowgirls.
Bill Self stood off to the side and watched with pride as his Big 12 champions played with, and posed with, the league tournament title trophy high atop a podium Sunday afternoon at Sprint Center.
Kansas University's basketball players put down their forks, knives and paper plates momentarily, clapping their hands in approval Sunday afternoon after learning via CBS-TV they'd been granted a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Brandon Rush (most outstanding player) and Mario Chalmers were KU's representatives on the all-tournament team.
Texas could make it all the way to the Alamodome, play as well as it did Sunday afternoon in the Sprint Center and win the national title with a performance of that caliber.
It's hard to keep up with a team raining three-pointers like Kansas University's men's basketball team was Sunday. But Texas coach Rick Barnes doesn't think the Jayhawks' 15 threes were the reason Texas lost, 84-74, in the Big 12 tournament final at the Sprint Center.
Sam Freeman pitched six strong innings to pick up his third victory of the season, while senior Ryne Price had a two-run single in the seventh inning as Kansas stunned the 10th-ranked Longhorns, 7-2, Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
One by one, North Carolina's players climbed onto the platform to snip a piece of the net to celebrate their Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship. There were plenty of smiles and laughter, yet the victory party seemed somehow subdued.
Looking at the four regions of the NCAA Tournament
The inexact science of putting together the NCAA Tournament bracket turned out to be pretty exact this time around.
Eight Jayhawks combined for 12 hits as the Kansas softball team defeated Louisiana Tech, 11-3, in five innings Sunday during the final contest of the Kansas Invitational.
Kansas University lost the doubles point, rebounded to take the first three matches in singles, but ultimately fell to Missouri, 4-3, in a Big 12 Conferent tennis dual on Sunday.
It happens every year. You pore over your brackets, determined that this will be the year you win the company pool. And every year you end up watching Bill in accounting gloat as he claims another improbable win.
The NCAA ramped up a public relations campaign over the past few weeks in order to convince people that politics and television money play no part in the selection process for the men's basketball tournament.
Twelve and 13 years ago, a nation of college basketball fans watched former Kansas University athletic director Bob Frederick get grilled about the NCAA Tournament selection committee's decisions. Frederick served as chairman of the committee then and called the experience, "probably the most rewarding and best time I had professionally."
After defeating Texas in the Big 12 Tournament championship game, the Kansas University men's basketball team waited on the floor of the Sprint Center in Kansas City to learn its fate in the NCAA Tournament.
Portland State's men's basketball team gathered in a local restaurant on Sunday to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show. About halfway through, the Vikings learned they were a No. 16 seed and would play Kansas University on Thursday in Omaha, Neb. So how did they celebrate? They finished up, headed back to campus and conducted a practice.
With the Jayhawks clinching the Big 12 Title and the number one seed in the Midwest, Jayhawks fans get right to celebrating.
For the third straight season, the Kansas men took the floor with the Texas Longhorns with the Big 12 Tournament Title on the line.
Tying up loose ends from KU's exacting of revenge on Texas in Sunday's Big 12 Tournament title game, 84-74, in the Sprint Center. The win helped KU secure the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region, and they'll play Thursday to open the NCAA Tournament in Omaha.
Twenty years ago, Kansas University's men's basketball team won the 1988 national title, starting its run with two games in Nebraska and two in Detroit before the Final Four. If the two-decade championship funk will be broken this year, it will take the same path.
Kansas University, which clinched the Big 12 Tournament title earlier Sunday with an 84-74 win over Texas in Kansas City, now heads to Omaha to open the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the second straight year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In what was by far the most entertaining and hard-fought game of the Big 12 Tournament, KU outlasted Texas 84-74, claiming the Jayhawks third straight league tourney crown. All three have come by beating the Longhorns, and Sunday's victory was fueled by a career-high 30 points from Mario Chalmers, coming just 24 hours after he was limited to four points in a semifinal win over Texas A&M. Chalmers did so on 8-of-12 three-point shooting, while Brandon Rush, who stroked five treys a day earlier, was 6-of-9 from deep, finishing with 19 points. Darrell Arthur also answered the offensive bell, too, scoring 16 points.
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon thought his team needed at least one victory in the Big 12 tournament to lock up an NCAA Tournament berth.
To Mario Chalmers, Missouri and Kansas State at the moment are considered Nos. 2a and 2b. The order doesn't really matter.
Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes met with guard A.J. Abrams on Friday night, intent on giving his marksman some comfort during a dreadful 2-for-17 three-point shooting slump.
Michael Beasley or Tyler Hansbrough? The national debate seems to have settled on those two as the final candidates for college basketball's player of the year.
Andrea Riley launched the shot just in front of her bench, falling near the feet of coach Kurt Budke and his seemingly glowing orange blazer as the ball ripped through the net to cut the lead to one.
The setting resembled a Pee Wee league game, with seats reserved for family and friends. Most everyone else headed for home while a Southeastern Conference tournament like no other ad-libbed its way through the weekend, trying to pick up the pieces from a devastating storm.
Steven Hill made one basket the entire game. It may knock Tennessee out of a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs.
The NCAA Tournament will experiment with a new-look configuration during two regionals, hoping to improve the way fans watch the game in person and how the event looks on TV.
Kansas University senior Egor Agafonov defended his national championship in the weight throw with an NCAA-leading toss of 74 feet, 61â4 inches Saturday at the 2008 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Some basketball players consider selection weekend as the crowning moment in a college career. Joel Cornette equates it with some of his most tormenting memories.
How do you picture it? The 10 members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee are huddled inside an Indianapolis hotel, crunching all kinds of RPIs and SOSes and head-to-heads.
Sure, he was happy Kansas University's basketball team won the game. But Brandon Rush also was upset - and a little embarrassed - after missing seven of 10 shots and committing four turnovers in Friday's Big 12 tournament quarterfinal victory over Nebraska.
KU junior guard Mario Chalmers said he suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee when going up for a layup with 2:47 left in the first half.
Disregard the calendar. March arrived Saturday afternoon inside the Sprint Center. Thoughts of bubbles and brackets, seedings and sites, RPI and strength of schedule, all were for the moment swallowed in the wake of a magnificent basketball game.
Georgia Southern set an NCAA record for all divisions by hitting 14 home runs in a 26-8 victory over Columbia on Saturday.
Nick Czyz pitched 51â3 strong innings, but didn't get enough run support as Kansas University's baseball team fell, 6-1, to Texas on Saturday.
John Wooden was doing well at a rehabilitation center Saturday, four days after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great left the hospital after breaking his left wrist and collarbone in a fall at home.
Arizona State rallied past Florida State on Saturday to the NCAA Indoor men's track and field championships.
Tying up loose ends from KU's Big 12 Tournament semifinal win over Texas A&M. In the 77-71 triumph, Brandon Rush's career-high 28 points on 9-of-13 points may have marked the best single game performance by a Jayhawk this season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It may sound redundant, but here it goes ... KU started slow in the Sprint Center, using an early second half run to build a lead it wouldn't relinquish, advancing in Big 12 Tournament play. It was the case Friday night in a 64-54 win over Nebraska, and was again Saturday in a 77-71 semifinal triumph over pesky Texas A&M, giving KU its 30th win of the season and a berth in Sunday's title game against Texas, who earlier knocked off Oklahoma, 77-49. It marks the third straight year the league's tournament will end with a KU-UT showdown. KU won each of the past two years.
Junior Val Chapple collected four home runs and 10 RBIs as Kansas University's softball team swept Buffalo in a doubleheader Friday at the Kansas Invitational.
D.J. Augustin wiped out Oklahoma State's halftime lead with a single shot. A few minutes later the quick and crafty point guard had obliterated all of the Cowboys' hard-earned momentum and put No. 6 Texas on the road to a 66-59 victory Friday in the Big 12 tournament.
Following its most successful season in school history, Kansas University's football team could allow complacency to set in with its place in the record books secure.
Kansas University and Texas A&M will meet today for the second time in eight days. The Jayhawks stopped the Aggies, 72-55, a week ago today in College Station, Texas.
From where I'm sitting, the Big 12 looks like a four-bid league. Then again, I would need a significant upgrade to sniff the Bob Uecker seats on press row at the Sprint Center, a brand-new facility that best could be summed up in two words: nothing special.
Darrell Arthur's a man. He's (almost) 20. That's why 22-year-old Kansas University junior guard Brandon Rush won't get after the sophomore forward following Arthur's six-point performance on just 1-of-4 shooting in a 64-54 escape from Nebraska's first-half grasp in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday at Sprint Center.
Nebraska guard Ade Dagunduro floated through the air and finished a wicked one-handed putback with 37 seconds left Friday.
Maybe it's because Kansas University's basketball players had pummeled Nebraska by 35 points at home and 21 on the road this season and expected to pound NU again without breaking a sweat.
With roughly 16 hours between games, Texas A&M men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon won't have a whole lot to say to his team about Kansas University.
Police in Boulder say they have arrested University of Colorado football player Lynn Katoa for investigation of second-degree assault on another CU student.
LSU will make Les Miles the highest-paid head football coach in the Southeastern Conference under a renegotiated five-year contract agreement signed Friday.
Longtime Rice coach Willis Wilson was fired Friday, two days after the Owls finished 3-27 overall and 0-16 in Conference USA.
A severe storm ripped away two panels in the side of the Georgia Dome during the Southeastern Conference tournament, sending debris tumbling from the ceiling, halting the Alabama-Mississippi State game and prompting fans to flee for the exits.
Tennessee hardly looked like a No. 1 seed, and South Carolina sure didn't resemble the team that lost by 33 points to the Volunteers less than a week ago.
Ryne Price hit a pair of solo home runs, but Kansas University's baseball team couldn't upset Texas on Friday.
Kansas University's Nickesha Anderson finished second in the women's 200 meters with the world's second-fastest time at day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.
After winning two matches against ranked opponents last week, Kansas University's tennis team suffered a setback at Colorado, 7-0, Friday afternoon.
Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' ugly 64-54 win over Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament Friday. None of the top seeds who had Thursday byes looked particularly solid, and KU's rough offensive showing had plenty to do with Nebraska's scrappy defense and the Jayhawks not getting Darrell Arthur going early on (or the rest of the night).
The last time Nebraska and Kansas locked up, the Jayhawks walked away with a 84-49 win that left Husker coach Doc Sadler at a loss for words.
Colorado kept it close, but the Sooners pulled away just in time.
Big 12 fans are enjoying the conference tournament in a brand new venue this year.
The Kansas football team works out for the first time this spring with an audience.
This afternoon Oklahoma State tried and failed to knock off the 1-seeded Texas Longhorns.
If there was one team Doc Sadler and the Nebraska Cornhuskers would have liked to avoid, it would have been Kansas. Kevin Romary has more from the Sprint Center.
Today the Kansas softball team played host to the Buffalo Bulls in the Kansas Invitational.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It took about 20 minutes longer than would have been expected, given how Kansas University looked in its final four regular season outings, but the Jayhawks survived and advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. The key 10-2 run in the Jayhawks' 64-54 win over Nebraska came immediately after halftime, with KU trailing 27-22. KU shot just 8-of-17 in the first 20 minutes, failing to find any offensive flow with leading scorer Darrell Arthur having hoisted just one shot. The run was keyed by a Darnell Jackson dunk right off the bat thanks to a Mario Chalmers steal. Chalmers then cashed a three from atop the key, and following a Brandon Rush reverse layup while drawing a foul, Nebraska was never officially back in it, despite technically staying within range until the closing minutes.
Andrea Riley had 23 points, including the game-winning layup with 1:18 to play, in No. 18 Oklahoma State's 75-72 victory over Texas in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
Baylor was hoping for at least one more victory, a little padding to make sure of its first NCAA Tournament berth in 20 years. Colorado put a big dent in those plans, likely giving the Bears some anxious moments when the NCAA field is announced on Sunday.
Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler has the white flag tucked away in his back pocket. Just in case he needs it tonight when his team plays Kansas University in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.
It's about time. This precisely is what a vibrant downtown begins to look like. The first day of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament was being played next door at the Sprint Center, and basketball fans not inside were enjoying the mild weather Thursday and hanging out in the new Power & Light District just west of the arena.
A massive black charter bus carrying Kansas University's basketball players and coaches pulled out of an Allen Fieldhouse parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Big 12 Conference is big-time in most categories, and next year it will abolish one of its most bush-league habits: the postseason basketball tournament with a Thursday-Sunday run.
It's not often a first-team all-Big 12 basketball pick fails to score a single point in a pivotal league game. But that's exactly what happened on Jan. 26, when Nebraska senior center Aleks Maric went 0-for-6 from the field and 0-for-2 from the free-throw line in the Cornhuskers' 84-49 loss to Kansas University in Allen Fieldhouse.
West Virginia running back Noel Devine was among four Mountaineers' football players to plead no contest to misdemeanor battery charges after being arrested Thursday.
Nebraska football player Andy Christensen enters no plea at his arraignment on a charge of first-degree sexual assault.
One year has made a remarkable difference for Joe Alexander and West Virginia.
Kansas University will send eight athletes to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships today and Saturday.
Kansas University's softball team will play host to its second tournament in as many weeks beginning today in the Kansas Invitational.
The upset run ended for Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday night.
For the second week in a row, the Kansas softball team will stay put.
Nebraska, Missouri, or does it even matter? The Kansas men's basketball team plays its first Big 12 conference tournament game tomorrow.
Bill Self's squad knows the drill well: three wins in three days means a third-straight Big 12 Tournament title for the Jayhawks.
As for KU's Friday opponent, Nebraska took on Missouri in the 7-10 game for the right to play the Jayhawks.
In the late game tonight, 6-seed Texas A&M battles the 11-seed Iowa State. The winner gets K-State in the quarters.
No 12-seed mark has ever won a game in the Big 12 tournament -- until today.
In the closing seconds, Texas Tech was down just two to Oklahoma State.
Utility man Kerry Meier will keep a similar role for the time being - backup quarterback and part-time wide receiver on offense.
Kansas University senior Ryne Price went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs, and Erik Morrison was a homer short of hitting for the cycle as Kansas University won its eighth straight, 11-7 over Missouri State on Wednesday afternoon at Hammons Field.
Nebraska football player Andy Christensen is out of jail after posting bond. Christensen was arrested last weekend outside a downtown Lincoln bar on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.
Texas coach Rick Barnes criticized his players publicly, only to back off later. He chastised himself for "coaching mad" during a midseason lull.
A statistics program and display package developed by two information-technology professionals in Kansas University's athletics department is getting its big shot this week in Kansas City, Mo.
Cole Aldrich looked like he was executing moves he learned in preseason boxing-conditioning workouts, bobbing up and down as he shuffled off the Allen Fieldhouse court. Actually, he was weaving over to the corner cut man - make that the team trainer - after suffering a right hand injury at a recent Kansas University basketball practice.
Alison Lacey drove end-to-end for a three-point play with 4.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting Iowa State to a 66-65 upset of No. 15 Kansas State on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference women's basketball tournament.
Hawking policies in a shirt and tie just wasn't going to cut it for Rod Harris. He knew that in his first days at Blinn (Texas) Community College. "I came in and ran like a 4.71 (-second 40-yard dash), and the receivers coach was like 'That's gonna get you selling insurance,'" Harris recalled.
Former Kansas University offensive lineman Justin Hartwig has been released by the Carolina Panthers.
Texas Rangers third baseman Travis Metcalf was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday in Dallas to repair a torn hamstring muscle.
Jerel McNeal scored 21 points, and No. 25 Marquette held Seton Hall scoreless over the final five minutes of a 67-54 victory Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
Forget, heck. For Oklahoma State's women's basketball team, revenge was sweet. With visions of 2007 still dancing in their heads, the Cowgirls hully-gullied Kansas, 82-62, in a Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinal Wednesday night at Municipal Auditorium.
The KU football team started spring practice on Wednesday.
KU guard Brandon Rush has the lowest field goal percentage of the five Jayhawk starters at 41 percent.
The KU women's basketball team's hopes for a Big 12 Tournament title came to an end after falling to Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
The Iowa State women's basketball team knocked off the top seeded KSU Wildcats in the women's Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday.
Texas A&M defeated Missouri in the women's 2008 Big 12 Tournament
The Big 12 made the decision months ago to start the 2009 Big 12 Tournament a day earlier.
John Wooden went from the hospital to a rehabilitation center Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall at home.
The first game of the Big 12 tournament, which will feature Oklahoma State against Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, will carry a prominent coaching storyline.
Big 12 Conference basketball fans have two ways of looking at their teams' chances of competing in the big dance, which begins March 20. Situation No. 1: Glass half full. Optimistically, the Big 12 has a chance to land as many as six bids to the tournament.
Same old Kansas University women's basketball team. Too many turnovers. Too many fouls. Too many : Wait a minute. The Jayhawks won.
The only thing missing from John Allman was him calling his shot before hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of the Kansas University baseball team's 8-1 victory Tuesday over Tabor at Hoglund Ballpark.
Clint Bowen is no stranger to Lawrence, a place he has called home since he was a child. Still, when the 35-year old was named defensive coordinator of Kansas University's football team in January, he found the community to be a little bigger than he thought.
Kansas University's Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Brandon Rush on Tuesday were named to the 10-player United States Basketball Writers Association All-District Six team.
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino confirmed Tuesday that three starters would not be participating in spring practices due to injuries: linebacker Joe Mortensen, center Ryan Cantrell and safety Justin Thornton.
Kansas University junior Nickesha Anderson was named the Midwest Region Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
Kansas University's men's golf team placed 10th at the Cajun Classic at Oakbourne Country Club. Brad Hopfinger tied for 17th.
Mike Green matched his career high with 24 points, and No. 12 Butler used a big second-half run to beat Cleveland State, 70-55, for its fifth Horizon League championship and first automatic berth in the NCAAs since 2001.
Michael Beasley was 11 years old when he walked into a tryout for an AAU team that featured future college and NBA star Kevin Durant. Neither paid much attention to the other.
Missouri's two best players were a combined 9-for-42 from the field, Oklahoma's Courtney and Ashley Paris combined for 42 points and 43 rebounds, and Oklahoma led every statistic on the stat sheet except one.
Former Kansas University quarterback Bobby Douglass (1966-68) is among 19 players up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame for the first time this year.
Taylor McIntosh and Sade Morris tied for team-high honors with 13 points apiece, and Kelly Kohn added 11 off the bench as Kansas University's women's basketball team beat Nebraska, 73-67, in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Tuesday at Municipal Auditorium.
Football returns to The Hill Wednesday. The Kansas Jayhawks hit the practice gridiron for Spring workouts starting tomorrow afternoon.
The Kansas baseball team defeated Tabor by a final score of 8-1.
After this week's festivities in Kansas City, say goodbye to Sunday championship games in the Big 12 Tournament.
While the Jayhawks of 2008 get ready for Spring ball, the departing class of 2007 takes part in Pro Day.
The Kansas football team will break in a new defensive coordinator tomorrow when it starts Spring practice.
The Kansas men are off until Friday - that's when Bill Self's boys play their first round Big 12 Conference game against either Nebraska or Missouri.
The Kansas women's basketball team defeated Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Tuesday night.
Kansas University's third non-conference game of the 2008 football season, a road tilt at South Florida, was moved Tuesday from Saturday Sept. 13 to Friday Sept. 12. It will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Sixty-six is a number of significance for Bonnie Henrickson, and not because it's half the name of the sponsoring oil company of the Big 12 Conference basketball tournaments.
Kansas University's Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur, who were named first-team all-conference by the Big 12 coaches on Monday, hold no grudges against media members who failed to place any Jayhawks on the Associated Press all-league first team.
Otto Schnellbacher, who turned a winning blend of athletic instincts and a fierce competitive streak into two-sport stardom at Kansas University, died Monday at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer.
Joe Paterno's future at Penn State is still unsettled beyond his current contract.
The University of Michigan agreed to improve wheelchair access at one of the nation's largest football stadiums as part of a deal approved Monday with a paralyzed veterans' group that had sued the school.
Connecticut, North Carolina, and Tennessee remained the top three teams in the Top 25, with conference tournament losses shuffling the rest of the poll.
John Wooden is much improved and may be able to leave the hospital today, said the daughter of the former UCLA coach.
Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is returning to the Wildcats at the end of the season.
North Carolina's weekend win over Duke kept the Tar Heels on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday.
Rob Jones and De'Jon Jackson keyed a huge second-half run for the San Diego Toreros, who stunned No. 20 Gonzaga 69-62 to win the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Monday night and clinch their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003.
The U.S. House of Representatives was expected to pass a resolution Monday night congratulating the KU football team for its 2007 season, which concluded with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
One swing of an aluminum bat brought an unlikely end to two streaks Monday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Shocking news from the Big 12 offices today: Kansas State's Michael Beasley is the conference's player and freshman of the year. Two Jayhawks join Beasley on the All Big 12 1st Team.
The Kansas softball team wrapped up play in the Jayhawk Invitational this afternoon.
A healthy Kansas men's basketball team is preparing to defend its back-to-back Big 12 Tournament titles this week.
This morning, Otto Schnellbacher lost his battle with cancer. Known as the "Double Threat from Sublette," Otto was a two-sport standout at the University of Kansas.
A native of Sublette, Schnellbacher played football and basketball at KU, earning All-America honors in football in 1947 as a wide receiver. He lettered in football in 1942, '46 and '47, and in basketball in 1943, '46 and '48. He was a captain for both teams during his college career.
Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson, Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins all drew mention from the Big 12 as all-league teams and individual honors were released Monday morning. The AP All-Big 12 teams included four Jayhawks as well, but none were placed on the first team.
Collins shares the award with K-State freshman standout Michael Beasley. Collins averaged 13 points per game in two victories, providing a valuable spark for Bill Self's team off the bench. Beasley averaged 24 points and 11.5 rebounds in two wins over the past week as the Wildcats clinched the No. 3 seed in this week's conference tournament in Kansas City.
The NCAA Tournament soon will be upon us. It normally is a highlight of the year for me. Great teams abound. Upsets lurk. Unlikely stories present themselves. Tournament pools overflow. What's there not to like?
Texas appeared on the verge of giving away its share of the Big 12 title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Sorry, Kansas, the Longhorns weren't feeling quite that generous.
Amanda Jobe slammed five home runs in 56 Kansas University softball games last season. This season, Jobe has five home runs in 15 games.
Lauren Hommell doesn't mind serving as the No. 6 singles player for Kansas University's tennis team. She's just happy to be playing after sitting out the fall semester because of injury. And KU couldn't be more happy to have the senior back.
After overcoming No. 18 Indiana and guard Eric Gordon's 26 points, maybe more people will start noticing the fresh faces at Penn State.
Aleks Maric led Nebraska in every statistical category in his final home game, leading the Huskers, 68-49, over Colorado in a send-off to remember.
John Wooden's daughter says the former UCLA basketball coach should be leaving hospital in the next few days.
Kansas University's basketball players hoisted the Big 12 championship trophy on Saturday in College Station, Texas. It was Texas' turn Sunday down the road in Austin. The Longhorns tied KU at 13-3 in league play following a narrow 62-57 victory over Oklahoma State.
Catcher Buck Afenir's return may be just what pitcher Nick Czyz needed to jump-start his junior year. Afenir, who had been out for the last week nursing a hamstring injury, took his position behind home plate for Czyz's best performance to date in a 13-0 victory in the first game of the Kansas University baseball squad's doubleheader against North Dakota State on Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark.
The Kansas men's basketball team defeated Texas A&M Saturday afternoon for a share of the Big 12 regular season title, along with Texas.
The Kansas baseball team swept the season series with the N. Dakota State Bison.
After an amazing season was capped off with a victory in the Orange Bowl, the KU football team is looking ahead to next Fall. But that was put on hold as the team and fans gathered to celebrate their memorable season.
The Kansas softball team narrowly defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Indiana State Sycamores in a double-header, beating each team by a final score of 4-3.
Nebraska (18-11, 7-9) drew the No. 7 seed in the field. The Jayhawks defeated the Huskers 79-58 on Jan. 12 in Lincoln, then again in Allen Fieldhouse two weeks later, 84-49. Mizzou (16-15, 6-10) is the No. 10 seed. KU swept the season series with MU, knocking off the Tigers first in Columbia, 76-70 on Jan. 19, then 90-71 at home on Feb. 4.
Tying up loose ends from KU's league title-clinching win over Texas A&M in College Station. Behind stellar post defense and efficiency in several fast break opportunities on offense, KU outran an overwhelmed Texas A&M squad, spoiling the Aggies' Senior Day and dropping Mark Turgeon's club to the sixth seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament.
Sharing the wealth was the theme of Saturday's Kansas University Football Awards Banquet, and why not?
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe handed a special piece of hardware to Kansas University's Darnell Jackson and Russell Robinson in a downright giddy visitor's locker room late Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena.
It has been awhile since the "What's wrong with Kansas?" question that led to so much insomnia has been asked with any credibility. It also has been awhile since Sherron Collins' knee has prevented him from performing high-speed magic shows with the basketball.
It was just like they'd drawn it up a couple of times earlier this season. Only this time it worked.
Nebraska offensive lineman Andy Christensen was arrested early Saturday, suspected of sexual assault after an overnight incident at a downtown bar in Lincoln.
When all else fails, just hope the opponent makes the mistakes. That's how it worked for the Kansas University baseball squad Saturday against North Dakota State at Hoglund Ballpark.
Danny Green had 18 points, and top-ranked North Carolina scored the final 10 points of its 76-68 victory over No. 6 Duke on Saturday night to give the Tar Heels the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.
Kansas University's players dedicated the victory and their fourth-straight league title to strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy.
Texas A&M will pack more than sneakers and shorts for the Big 12 tournament that gets under way Thursday in Kansas City in the Sprint Center. The Aggies, more than any team in the conference, will bring pressure with them as well.
Iowa State crowned four individual champions en route to winning the Big 12 Conference wrestling tournament on Saturday.
John Wooden's daughter says the former UCLA basketball coach is still being treated for a rapid heart rate, and it's unclear when he'll be leaving the hospital.
LaceDarius Dunn knew he was in the zone Saturday. The Baylor freshman scored a career-high 38 points, including six three-pointers, to lead the Bears past Texas Tech, 86-73.
Even 30-degree weather couldn't stop Kansas University's offense from heating up Saturday.
As sweet as the Kansas University football team's Orange Bowl victory was, the team has bigger goals, coach Mark Mangino reminded fans Saturday.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Proving on the road that the February swoon is out of its system, Kansas University went on the road and clinched at least a share of its fourth straight Big 12 regular season title Saturday at Texas A&M, 72-55. KU finishes at 28-3 overall in the regular season, and 13-3 in conference play. With that mark, KU can be no lower than the No. 2 seed at next week's Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City's Sprint Center. If Texas defeats Oklahoma State in Austin Sunday, KU will take the No. 2 seed, playing at 6:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals Friday. If OSU should win, KU will draw the top seed and play at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Amid blowing winds and snow flurries, Kansas University leaders broke ground on a new building to protect student athletes from such elements.
Most years, Drake is the school fighting fatigue in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
March Madness comes in two forms - the mania surrounding the end of basketball season, and the frustration of trying to play early-season spring sports.
Bill Self talked the talk about citizenship training early in his second season as Kansas University basketball coach, and his 2008 senior class proves he also walks that walk.
Kansas State's Deb Patterson was chosen as the Big 12 coach of the year Friday after leading the Wildcats from last place to the conference championship.
Nolan Richardson says he's still in talks with Arkansas State about the school's coaching vacancy after a quick visit to Jonesboro, where the school's campus is located.
Larry Brown was shuffling papers in his Kansas University basketball head coach's office in the spring of 1983 when a scrawny Topeka Hayden High School senior knocked on the door.
One way or another, there will be a celebration after today's Kansas-Texas A&M basketball battle at Reed Arena.
Kansas University will hold its long-awaited football awards ceremony today at Allen Fieldhouse, to celebrate the 2007 season.
About 100 KU leaders and students gathered at Burcham Park this afternoon to break ground on a new rowing boathouse.
Tomorrow afternoon the Kansas men's basketball team would like nothing more than to finish their regular season schedule with a win.
Andrea Riley scored 27 points, and Shaunte Smith added 17 as No. 20 Oklahoma State beat No. 8 Baylor, 72-68, Thursday night to dash the Bears' chance of sharing the Big 12 regular-season championship.
Two figures in Kansas State football are the subjects of separate civil lawsuits.
Props to ESPN for hiring Bob Knight as an analyst during the network's coverage of championship week and the NCAA Tournament. If nothing else, it should give new meaning to the term "bracket-buster."
Taylor McIntosh and Jamie Boyd haven't played for the last time in Allen Fieldhouse. Although McIntosh and Boyd, the only two seniors on Kansas University's women's basketball team, were feted following Wednesday night's 61-50 loss to Kansas State, the pair will have at least one more home game.
Darren Collison scored off his own miss for the go-ahead basket in overtime, helping No. 3 UCLA rally from a 14-point deficit to beat seventh-ranked Stanford, 77-67, Thursday night and clinch the Pac-10 title outright.
Darrell Arthur ordered hot wings off the menu at Henry T's Bar and Grill. Sherron Collins selected the turkey club sandwich. "My teammates would never let me eat hot wings ... you know, the weight (issue)," the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Collins said with a smile. Russell Robinson chose the shrimp basket, while Sasha Kaun just sipped on water. "I wasn't hungry. I already had a late lunch. This was an early dinner," Kaun said.
Last year, Texas A&M shocked the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse. Back then, however, Billy Gillispie was the head coach for A&M. Now, it's former Jayhawk Mark Turgeon.
The Kansas men are after at least a share of their fourth straight Big 12 regular season title. The Jayhawks can accomplish that feat with a victory Saturday against Texas A&M.
Baseball is full of superstitions such as the rally cap, not stepping on the foul line when taking the field and talking about a no-hitter or perfect game that's in progress. So why not a samurai statue sitting on top of the dugout?
You look at a basketball box score and you notice a someone scored 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and what do you think? A big night for a big inside player, of course.
Fans are invited to the Kansas University football awards ceremony Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free. Fieldhouse doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Kansas University's women's track and field team moved up two spots to rank eighth in the USTFCCCA national rankings released Wednesday. KU's men moved up four slots to 24th.
Kansas University's Ivana Catic, Kelly Kohn and Taylor McIntosh were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Team on Wednesday.
Kansas University senior Lauren Hommell defeated Kansas State's Olga Klimova in a three-set match, breaking a 3-3 tie and sending KU to a 4-3 victory over the Wildcats on Wednesday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Four Kansas University basketball players earned spots on the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 12 team announced Wednesday.
Tony Crocker scored a career-high 25 points, and Oklahoma snapped Oklahoma State's five-game winning streak in a Bedlam rivalry game loaded with NCAA Tournament implications for both teams.
Brittainey Raven scored 22 points, and Texas beat Texas Tech, 70-55, Wednesday for its third straight victory.
Gerald Henderson scored 19 points, and No. 6 Duke beat Virginia, 86-70, setting up this weekend's showdown between the Blue Devils and top-ranked North Carolina for the ACC regular-season crown.
The Kansas baseball team opened their home schedule on Wednesday night against the LeMoyne Dolphins.
The KU women's basketball team took on KSU on senior night.
Despite a late comeback effort, the Jayhawks could not overcome the 29 points and 17 rebounds supplied by K-State point guard Shalee Lehning. The loss was KU's fifth straight, ending KU's Big 12 season with a mark of 4-12. The Jayhawks are 15-14 overall, and will next play Tuesday in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.
Junior guards Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers were placed on the first team, with sophomore forward Darrell Arthur and senior forward Darnell Jackson landing on the second team.
North Carolina didn't put on much of a crowd-pleasing show to celebrate its return to No. 1.
George Mikan, the league's commissioner, insisted on a red, white and blue ball because his flawed vision made it difficult for him to see the basketball.
The Kansas University baseball squad plans to play its 2008 home opener today against LeMoyne College (Syracuse, N.Y.) at Hoglund Ballpark. Weather permitting, of course.
Kansas University's football team has added Southern Mississippi to its 2009 and 2010 schedules, the athletic department announced Tuesday. It will be the first time the two schools will meet in football.
Upon further review, there's absolutely nothing Bill Self would have changed about Monday's Senior Night festivities in Allen Fieldhouse.
Even the most hardcore Kansas University women's basketball fan must concede the program is treading water.
Staff writer Eric Sorrentino ranks the Big 12 basketball teams from best to worst.
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon wasn't exactly pleased with the Aggies' recent inconsistencies. For instance, A&M beat Texas Tech by 44 points on Feb. 27, then lost to Oklahoma, 64-37, the next game.
There's a reason Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes is locked into a contract that would keep him in Austin until 2017. Simply put, he's the best basketball coach in the history of the program.
It might be difficult for the Texas Longhorns to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after the loss to Texas Tech.
By now you may have seen the video making the rounds of Michigan basketball coach Kevin Borseth throwing a tantrum after his team blew a 20-point lead and lost a game that might have cost it a chance at the NCAA Tournament. If not, watch it, if only for a glimpse into the often tortured state of mind of college coaches this time of year.
The first Baylor-Texas A&M meeting was the best game of the season that nobody saw.
Drake guard Adam Emmenecker, the surprise element on the surprise team in the Missouri Valley, on Tuesday was named the conference's player of the year. Emmenecker, a 6-foot-1 senior who started only two games his first three seasons, totaled 177 assists with a conference-best 6.1 per game for No. 20 Drake.
Bonnie Henrickson is looking for something, anything to shake Kansas University's women's basketball team out of the doldrums. Senior Night might be the answer.
Antoinette Marjanovic has been named an assistant soccer coach at Kansas University. Marjanovic spent last season as the interim head coach at the University of Nevada-Reno.
A.J. Abrams spent the last week trying to work out of a shooting slump. On Tuesday night, it took him 39 minutes and 19 seconds.
Following KU's 109-51 beatdown of Texas Tech, head coach Bill Self joked that not even the Los Angeles Lakers could have beaten the Jayhawks on senior night.
Last Wednesday the Texas Tech men's basketball team suffered its worst loss in school history. Three days later, the Raiders responded with one of the biggest wins in school history. Fast forward another 48 hours, and the Jayhawks shellacked Pat Knight's team in the most lopsided Kansas contest in Big 12 history.
Kansas University's football team has added Southern Mississippi to its 2009 and 2010 schedules, the athletic department released today. It will be the first time the two schools have met in football. Also being added to the future slates is a game with New Mexico State, which will be played on Sept. 25, 2010, in Lawrence.
Tying up loose ends from a Senior Night which couldn't have possibly gone any better for KU. Aside from the numbers in the 109-51 blowout win over Texas Tech, including solid showings from each senior, the night finished with the traditional speeches, giving Bill Self's first KU senior class a night to remember.
Texas Tech's men's basketball team has proven to be a disturbing anomaly, able to beat a top-10 squad one day before losing by 58 to another just two days later.
The thunder inside Allen Fieldhouse grew even more deafening Monday night as Jayhawk fans saluted their seniors.
Pity the team that ventures into Allen Fieldhouse on Kansas University's Senior Night. "Coach told us last week he didn't think the Lakers could come in and beat us on Senior Night. I agreed with him right away," KU senior guard Russell Robinson said after the Jayhawks' festive - and historic - 109-51 Senior Night rout of Texas Tech on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Swagger's back: Kansas University's basketball team seems to have bonded since a disappointing one-point loss Feb. 23 at Oklahoma State.
Even though Darnell Jackson promised himself he wouldn't shed a tear while speaking to 16,300 Allen Fieldhouse fans Monday night, senior teammate Rodrick Stewart knew better.
Billy Gillispie never wavered about how to make his Texas A&M teams better. He pushed, prodded and pounded. When someone pushed back, he punished.
The downtown nightclub where Missouri's leading scorer suffered a broken jaw in a scuffle with two restaurant workers has closed down, according to a letter the owner sent to city officials.
North Carolina was back at No. 1 again Monday, thanks to a memorable few days in the state of Tennessee.
Freshman Steven Gray scored 18 points, and No. 24 Gonzaga crushed Santa Clara, 88-54, on Monday night to win its eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title.
To appreciate fully how much talent a basketball player must possess to earn a spot in the rotation in an elite basketball program such as Kansas University's requires more than watching Darrell Arthur sky to slam home an alley-oop. It takes more than witnessing Sherron Collins punctuate a blurry coast-to-coast trip with a reverse lay-in kissed off the glass.
For the first time this season, Kansas junior Brandon Rush is the Big 12 Player of the Week.
Monday night marked the final home game for five seniors on the Kansas men's basketball game.
The KU men's basketball team may not have been able to script it's five seniors' last night in Allen Fieldhouse any better.
Useless trivia with Kevin and D.J.
The five Kansas University seniors started the night running things on the floor in Allen Fieldhouse Monday, and by the time they walked off - one by one to standing ovations - business had been taken care of and then some. The class of Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Rodrick Stewart and Jeremy Case finished their home careers as KU waxed Texas Tech 109-51, improving to 27-3 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 play. Chants of 'Thank-you-seniors' replaced the Rock Chalk hymn in the final minute, as each senior played a role in the most emphatic win of the season.
It's a good thing Rodrick Stewart, who played nine minutes the first half, wasn't needed in the second half of Saturday's 88-74 victory over Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. "I cramped up so bad from halftime until the end of the game," said Stewart, KU's 6-foot-4 senior guard from Seattle.
Darnell Jackson, who hadn't scripted his Senior Night speech as of midday Sunday, scheduled some serious soul-searching for Sunday night and all day today. "I'm not going to wing it. It's coming from here, straight from my heart," Jackson, KU's 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward from Midwest City, Okla., said on the eve of the final home game of KU's senior class of Jackson, Jeremy Case, Sasha Kaun, Russell Robinson and Rodrick Stewart.
Will he be back next season? Will he hire an agent, or do you think he'll hold off on that, test the waters at the draft camp, and then decide whether he'll enter his name into the NBA Draft?
The fans may give Jeremy Case extra applause tonight. Remember, the fifth-year senior from McAlester, Okla., was the only player to last from a recruiting class that included J.R. Giddens (New Mexico), Nick Bahe (Creighton), David Padgett (Louisville) and Omar Wilkes (Cal-Berkeley).
Kansas University junior Dougie McCaulley went a combined 7-for-8 on the day with two runs and two RBIs, and pitcher Valerie George picked up a win and a save as the Jayhawks claimed two victories Sunday to conclude the Coach B Classic.
Kansas University baseball center fielder Nick Faunce went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while the Jayhawks used a five-run second to surge past Iowa, 9-5, Sunday in the final day of the Music City Classic at Hawkins Field.
Chris Lofton scored 14 points, including a jump shot with 1:15 left, and top-ranked Tennessee beat Kentucky, 63-60, on Sunday to stay atop the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee lost to No. 18 Vanderbilt on Tuesday, three days after beating then-No. 1 Memphis to take over the top spot in the poll for the first time in school history.
Brittainey Raven scored 16 points, and Texas beat Oklahoma, 65-50, to prevent OU from tying for first place in the Big 12.
John Wooden had the cast on his arm cut open because of swelling, but was otherwise in good health and high spirits on his third day in the hospital, the former UCLA basketball coach's daughter said Sunday.
Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin had surgery Sunday on his right knee and will miss the Sooners' final two regular-season basketball games.
The national spot light was shining on KU this weekend as ESPN hosted College GameDay live from Allen Fieldhouse. 6news reporter Cory Smith was on campus to see rock chalk pride at its best.
Well it wasn't decided in Africa - yet round one went to Kansas State just a little over a month ago. But on Saturday - with payback on their mind - the Kansas men officially welcomed Michael Beasley to Allen Fieldhouse.
Tying up loose ends from KU's 88-74 victory over Kansas State, in which the stat sheet was filled with things worth mention on the Kansas side. What isn't as visible, though, is the mixture of defense and crowd noise which helped take Kansas State out of its rhythm, compared to how KSU looked in downing KU in Manhattan on Jan. 30.
Identify the weakness. Go after it. At the first sign of blood, turn up the ferocity. It's the oldest trick in sports, and man oh man, did the revived Kansas University basketball team ever execute it Saturday night inside an Allen Fieldhouse so loud that 32,600 ears remain ringing today.
Kansas University's women's basketball team dropped its fourth straight game, 51-42, at Iowa State on Saturday.
Pat Knight ratcheted up practice his own way after Texas Tech lost by 44 points earlier this week. It seemed to make a difference in his players' efforts as the Red Raiders beat No. 5 Texas, 83-80, on Saturday.
John Wooden remained hospitalized in good condition Saturday, having undergone blood transfusions after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke two bones when he fell at home.
A KU student could be seen three hours before the game making a sign that read, "Bill Walker, the bathroom is this way." It was in reference to the KSU freshman urinating into a towel on the KSU bench late in a preseason game at Bramlage Coliseum, rather than racing out of the tunnel to use the bathroom.
The pain that lingers less and less each passing day in his right knee was the farthest thing from Sherron Collins' mind Saturday night. Sure, the adrenaline of the situation once the game got under way had something to do with that. It was flowing for about two straight hours as Kansas University trounced Kansas State, 88-74, in Allen Fieldhouse. But, as Collins admits, the presence of family made the ultimate difference.
The blue-clad hecklers tried to crack his shell after Kansas State's 88-74 loss to Kansas on Saturday. But Michael Beasley was stone-faced walking by a line of them on his way to the locker room. Only one fan got Beasley's attention - a little girl wearing a K-State jersey and asking for an autograph. Beasley obliged before being rushed inside.
Revenge, payback - whatever you want to call it - certainly is sweet. "Everybody was looking forward to this game since we lost at K-State. We didn't like what happened at K-State," Kansas University junior Brandon Rush declared after exploding for 21 points off 7-of-16 shooting (five of nine threes) in the Jayhawks' 88-74 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday at wild, crazy Allen Fieldhouse. "Then this week they were talking again. We wanted to come out and prove a point," Rush added.
Kansas University senior Crystal Manning and junior Nickesha Anderson claimed Big 12 Conference championships to propel the KU women's track and field team to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Scott Lienemann has thick skin. Clad in a purple Kansas State basketball jersey, he stuck out in a sea of blue Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, when ESPN filmed its popular College GameDay program for the third time since 2005. The taping preceded an evening basketball match-up, where Kansas University looked for payback after losing to Kansas State on Jan. 30.
Shaeffer Hall pitched seven shutout innings, while Preston Land helped the Kansas University offense back him up, as KU's baseball team flummoxed Xavier, 12-4, Saturday.
BYU swept Kansas University's tennis team, 7-0, Saturday. KU's top tandem of senior Elizaveta Avdeeva and junior Edina Horvath fell for only the second time in the dual-match this season.
Kansas University's swimming and diving team lost a back-and-forth battle with Missouri for third place Saturday at the Big 12 championships and finished fourth.
After dropping a 2-0 decision to No. 5/6 Northwestern earlier in the day, Kansas University's softball team bounced back with a 2-0 victory against Southern Illinois as pitcher Valerie George notched her second shutout of the season.
Duke faced another deep deficit and was staring at yet another road loss, but these Blue Devils had an even bigger problem: They weren't following the instructions of their Hall of Fame coach. So during some late breaks, Mike Krzyzewski turned control of the huddle over to the players, and that strategy led to his latest milestone victory.
Morenike Atunrase had 24 points, and No. 20 Texas A&M claimed a surprisingly easy 72-53 victory over eighth-ranked Baylor to extend its Big 12 conference-best winning streak to five games.
Revenge came quick and hard in Allen Fieldhouse, as Kansas University may have officially busted out of its February mini-slump with an 88-74 thumping of Kansas State Saturday night. KU withstood a 39-point, 11-rebound barrage from K-State standout freshman Michael Beasley with a deep, balanced effort, points coming from several reliable sources. Brandon Rush led the Jayhawks with 21points, including a 5-of-9 showing from long-range. As a team, the Jayhawks hit 11 of their 23 three-point attempts.
Senior Taylor McIntosh led KU in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and also ripped down 16 rebounds. Freshman Krysten Boogaard also had seven boards, as KU won that battle, 41-29. But an 0-for-8 showing from three-point range hurt Bonnie Henrickson's club, as did 17 turnovers.
ESPN's Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis, Rece Davis and Digger Phelps sat in director's chairs Friday afternoon in the southeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse, filming a promo for today's morning and evening GameDay telecasts. Watching the proceedings while stretching and shooting baskets at the other end of the court were Kansas University's basketball players and coaches, their eyes wide open to the reason the cable TV giants are in town.
Kansas University's football team will open two of its practices to the public this spring, not including the April 12 spring game at Memorial Stadium.
Billy Gillispie's move from College Station to the Bluegrass State has generated a laundry list of stories. Kentucky fans have read about his team's preseason conditioning work, non-stop recruiting, his house purchase, his unsigned contract, his wearing a tie that wasn't Wildcats blue, his team's injuries, its stumbling start that included two stunning homecourt losses.
Kansas University seniors Egor Agafonov, Crystal Manning and Kate Sultanova became Big 12 champions in their respective events during day one Friday of the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Kansas University's swimming and diving team stands in fourth place after Day Three of the Big 12 championships.
John Wooden broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall, leaving the former UCLA basketball coach hospitalized Friday.
Kansas University's road-weary softball team will conclude its monthlong travels this weekend at the Southern Illinois Invitational.
Gale Sayers, the greatest football player in Kansas University history, returns to campus today to sign his new book, "Sayers: My Life and Times," from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the KU Bookstores on the second floor in the Kansas Union.
If you're looking for Rece Davis in Lawrence this afternoon, your best bet is to post up east of the Kansas University campus. "The Wang Burger at The Wheel, can't miss it," the host of ESPN College GameDay said of the famous ground beef morsel topped with fried egg, cheese and bacon. "I'll be doing that at some point."
Lawrence resident Melissa Arnett's father, Walter "Wolf" Montgomery, died Jan. 14, 2007. A group of her father's friends pooled money for a memorial fund in his name and asked Arnett to choose the benefactor. It wasn't until Arnett read in the newspaper about the 58th Pancake Day, put on by the American Legion to raise funds for Post 14's baseball uniforms, that Arnett knew where the money needed to go.
Vanderbilt starting pitcher Mike Minor held the Jayhawks to just three hits, while the Commodore offense played small ball against Kansas starting pitcher Nick Czyz to post a 7-1 victory over the Jayhawks on Friday in the first game of the Music City Classic at Hawkins Field.
Bonnie Henrickson threw her Kansas University women's basketball players under the bus the other night. Henrickson, now in her fourth season as the Jayhawks' coach, made little effort to hide her displeasure following Wednesday's 57-53 home loss to Texas.